Developing a community multiple sclerosis nursing service

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Reforms to the NHS following the passing of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 have created new purchaser organisations with responsibility for planning the configuration of healthcare services in their geographic areas. If a community multiple sclerosis (MS) nursing service is to survive in this environment, it must demonstrate its ability to contribute to achieving the purchaser organisations' objectives. Evaluation data, such as hospital admission avoidance and patient satisfaction, will be crucial in demonstrating the community MS nursing service's clinical and economic effectiveness. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of the issues facing a community MS service in this environment is provided.


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Quinn D, Adams J (2014) Developing a community multiple sclerosis nursing service.

Nursing Standard. 28, 37, 46-50. Date of submission: September 10 2013; date of acceptance: October 31 2013.

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