To coincide with MS Awareness Week 2017, NRS Healthcare have created an infographic featuring facts and stats on MS with a focus on MS Specialist Nursing.

Around 108,000 people around the UK are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is a lifelong neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 and causes symptoms such as tremors, fatigue, vision issues and balance problems among others. There is no cure, as yet, for MS but there are lots of treatments available to help manage symptoms such as exercise, steroid drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy.

MS Awareness Week runs from 24-30 April and 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of MS Specialist Nursing in the UK. An MS Specialist Nurse is someone who can provide clinical advice and support for people with MS. They will coordinate services between doctors, therapists, patients and other relevant support or treatment services. They will usually be the first point of contact a patient has after they have been diagnosed with MS.

Though thousands of lives have been changed and improved by the introduction of this role, there is still room for improvement so that every MS patient will have access to someone who can help them manage the condition. That is why NRS Healthcare are choosing to support MS Awareness Week in 2017.

MS Specialist Nurses have been around since 1995 and there are currently 245 of them in the UK. It is estimated, however, that there is a need for up to 370 MS Specialist Nurses to cover the number of people living with MS and the complexity of the condition, with Leicester highlighted as an area that is most in need.

NRS Healthcare have created an informative infographic to focus attention on the various ways in which we can help to fund MS Specialist Nursing in the UK, by donating, supporting hashtag campaigns such as #No1alone and #strongerthanMS and joining in with organised fundraising events or creating your own event. They will share the infographic across their blog and social media channels during MS Awareness Week 2017.