The United Kingdom Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse Association (UKMSSNA), set up in 2001, is the professional membership organisation for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Therapists in multiple sclerosis and for other health and social care professionals with an interest in the care of people with MS in the United Kingdom.
The UKMSSNA is affiliated to the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN)
We aim to improve the lives of all those persons affected by multiple sclerosis through the provision of education, information and support to MS Specialists to enable them to provide appropriate healthcare services.
- campaigns for the sustainability of a specialised branch of nursing in multiple sclerosis
- establishes and maintains standards of nursing care in multiple sclerosis
- supports nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for people with MS
- supports multiple sclerosis nursing research, general research and clinical trials
- educates the health and social care community about multiple sclerosis
- disseminates this knowledge throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
We encourage all MS Specialist Nurses and other MS Specialists to join the UKMSSNA to share in the benefits of membership and to strengthen the voice of MS Specialist Nurses in campaigning and supporting MS services across the UK.
What Members say about the UKMSSNA:
“I feel the UKMSSNA is the voice of MS Specialists. There is a huge amount of knowledge and experience invested. I take a great deal of reassurance from knowing that there is an easily accessible responsive forum that I can tap into when I am struggling.”
“The UKMSSNA provides an excellent service. The website provides a very valuable source of information. Our profession is constantly being challenged with new government strategies and it is good to know that the UKMSSNA is constantly working on projects to assist us in these challenging times. ”
“… the UKMSSNA offers support and advice in an easy and quick way. It is especially useful to those nurses who work alone and do not have the support of other MSSNs available at their workplace.”
“I find the UKMSSNA really supportive and well worth the subscription! Thank you.”
“The MS nurses have made me aware of all that is available for me. …It is reassuring to know they are there.”
“My MS Nurse is nothing short of a lifeline for my husband and me.”
“She organises meetings for patients and invites guest speakers to cover different subjects of concern. She gladly seeks out any information I require.”
“She has a greater understanding of MY condition than any other healthcare professional. Her years of experience mean that she can always answer my questions when others cannot.”
I do not think that anyone has the understanding and empathy that the MS nurses have. GPs do not have the understanding as they have to deal with so many other illnesses. Who else do you phone for advice or help when you are concerned or worried?”
I cannot thank the MS nurses enough for the care and support they have given me. It is so reassuring to be seen and to speak to specialists. I have read a lot about MS and have a very supportive family, but the support I get from the MS Nurses cannot be found anywhere else. Thank you.”
The MS Nurse is always approachable and talks to you as an individual yet draws on experience she has gained with similar patients. I can talk to an MS nurse more easily than a neurologist.”