Tayside MS team scoops national award

Pictured are, from the left: Judge Wendy Hendrie presenting the award to MS specialist nurse Christine Whatley and speciality doctor (MS) Dr Sonia Devereux from the Tayside and North East Fife Regional MS Unit

Pictured are, from the left: Judge Wendy Hendrie presenting the award to MS specialist nurse Christine Whatley and speciality doctor (MS) Dr Sonia Devereux from the Tayside and North East Fife Regional MS Unit

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A Tayside service for people with multiple sclerosis has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

The Tayside and North East Fife Regional MS Unit was named Multidisciplinary Team of the Year at the 2015 QuDoS in MS Awards held in Windsor on Saturday (November 7).

This award celebrates teams who work collaboratively to provide innovative, high quality and person-centred care.

It recognises the use of skills, knowledge and expertise within a multidisciplinary team to deliver comprehensive, coordinated and easily accessible services to people affected by MS.

The team was also highly commended in the Innovation in Practice category.

Consultant neurologist Dr Jonathan O’Riordan said: “The Tayside and North East Fife MS regional service is delighted to have won the award for Multidisciplinary team of the year.

“We endeavour to provide a multidisciplinary service working in a cohesive manner to cover all aspects of patient care from the community through the outpatient and inpatient services. To have been recognised for our achievements is just fantastic.”

Tayside has one of the highest prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis in the world and the service sees one new patient each week and investigates many more with possible MS.

Specialist nurse-led clinics are held at Ninewells and Perth Royal Infirmary for therapies, assessments, monitoring, acupuncture, bladder clinics and more.

There are consultant clinics at both hospitals and a local GP with a specialist interest runs a clinic at Ninewells.

The team also has a dedicated social worker, physiotherapist, secretary and study/therapy coordinator.