The judging panel comprises recognised clinicians, academics, nurses and patient representatives in the field of MS.
Judging day is being held on Thursday 13 October and finalists will be announced week commencing 17 October.
Finalists will be invited to attend the awards event on Saturday 5 November at the Beaumont Estate, Nr. Windsor.
Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development, MS Trust
Amy joined the MS Trust as Director of Service Development in 2011 and leads the health professionals programme, including policy. A nurse by background, she worked in Accident and Emergency and Intensive Care at the East and North Herts NHS Trust. She then took up a post as Head of Health Coaching Services for Bupa Health Dialog, where she was responsible for implementing nurse-led telephone coaching services for people with long-term conditions. She also worked extensively in supporting primary care practitioners to use risk stratification and predictive risk modelling to take a population-based view of services and develop proactive models of care. Her next role was with Marie Curie Cancer Care as Assistant Director of Research and Innovation where she led a number of high profile projects including a partnership programme with the British Heart Foundation to improve palliative care services for people with heart failure in Glasgow. Amy has a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from Kings College, London. Amy is a strong advocate for specialist nursing and the importance of nurses using data to demonstrate their value and drive service improvement. She has two daughters and a dog and lives in North Hertfordshire.
Pam Bostock, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Neurology, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust
Pam Bostock is a Consultant Occupational Therapist, working for Virgin Healthcare in East Staffordshire. She is the team lead for the Adult Ability Team (AAT) a nationally recognised, community based specialist nursing and Neurological Rehabilitation Service, offering therapeutic interventions and ‘clinical championship’ for people with progressive neurological conditions, supporting people from diagnosis to end of life. After qualifying in Derby, Pam started work as an Occupational Therapist in 1984, and has worked in Neurology for over 30 years, predominantly in the field of MS/MND. She obtained an MSc in Neurological Occupational Therapy in 2011 from Coventry University, researching the educational needs to self-manage MS. Pam contributed to the development of the UK MS N.I.C.E guidelines (2014), and previously worked with COT and the UK MS Society to develop professional clinical practice standards for OTs. Pam is co-chair of Therapists in MS (TIMS) – and collaborates with the MS Trust, on various national projects including MS Forward View, and the MS Society delivering the FACETS fatigue management programme. Pam supports various national neurological associations contributing to patient information, commissioning documents and helping to develop condition specific audit tools.
Dr Sonia Devereux, Speciality Doctor in Neurology (GPwSI- Multiple Sclerosis), NHS Tayside
Dr Orla Gray, Consultant Neurologist, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Co. Armagh
Dr Orla Gray is a consultant neurologist with a specialist interest in multiple sclerosis. She graduated from Queens University, Belfast and completed her neurology training in Belfast and Melbourne. Her research interests include the epidemiology, genetics and quality of life of MS. She is the UK representative and chair of the MSBase Scientific Leadership Group. She works in the South-Eastern Trust in Northern Ireland.
Shelley Jones, Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader, Neurosciences, Kings College Hospital
Christine Singleton, Clinical Specialist, Service Lead (FES) and Project Manager for Rehab, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Belinda Weller, Consultant Neurologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Dr Belinda Weller completed her medical degree at Flinders University of South Australia where she received The University Medal. She completed her training as a neurologist at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and since 2000 has worked at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. She is also a qualified physiotherapist.
She has previously worked in the areas of care coordination and symptom management for patients with CJD and in the area of neurovascular medicine.
Since March 2003 she has been the consultant responsible for the MS risk sharing scheme and MS clinical service in Edinburgh.
In 2012 the MS team moved to the Anne Rowling Regenerative neurology clinic and are responsible for the management of over 2000 people with MS. Dr Weller is the chairperson of the Steering group for the Scottish MS Incidence register and is the local principal investigator for seven ongoing clinical trials in multiple sclerosis.
Delyth Thomas,Specialist Nurse and Co-chair UKMSSNA (UK MS Specialist Nurse Association)
Del Thomas is an MS Clinical Nurse Specialist working in Herefordshire for the Wye Valley NHS Trust. She is also the co-chair of the UKMSSNA (UK MS Specialist Nurse Association). Del has been an MS Nurse for over 12 years. She started her MS career in Gloucester and moved to Hereford after 3 years. In Hereford she implemented a responsive service to meet the needs of an aging rural community. She also set up regular exercise groups, we
David Yeandle, OBE, MS patient representative
David Yeandle was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in March 2010. Although he retired early from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, where he was Head of Employment Affairs representing the views of manufacturers on employment and pensions issues to the UK Government and European Commission in October 2010, he now has a small portfolio of part-time roles. These include:
– Director, Government Relations, European Employers’ Group
– President of the United Nations Staff-Management Committee
Since being diagnosed with MS, David has also provided the Multiple Sclerosis Trust with pro bono advice and support on a number of projects, including the GEMMS programme and the provision of information to people who have been recently diagnosed with MS.
Judges hints and tips
• Start early – please try to submit your entries/nominations early and don’t leave it until the last minute. Remember the entry/nomination deadline is Monday 12 September 2016.
- Get your point across quickly and simply – judges will be reviewing a number of entries.
- Ensure your entry/person you are nominating fits into the relevant category– please refer to the Contact Us page if you need assistance.
- Ensure any supporting materials (videos, pictures, PDFs etc.) are relevant to your entry.
- Consider the judges – put yourself in the shoes of the person reading your entry/nomination. Judges are looking for initiatives that make them think “That’s a project I would have been proud to be associated with” or “That person/team has made a valuable contribution in the field of MS and deserves recognition.”
- Attention to detail – Ensure you proofread your entry form before submitting it and ask a “fresh pair of eyes” to review your entry before you submit.
• Assume the judges know the ins and outs of your project/are familiar with the work of the person or people you are nominating – ensure you explain enough to help them understand, but not so much as to complicate your entry/nomination.
- Ignore the word count – all entry/nomination forms have a suggested word count and although there is some flexibility, please do not exceed this by more than 300 words.
Each initiative will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel of clinicians, academics, nurses and patient representatives in the field of MS.
There are 8 categories aimed at:
• MS specialist nurses
• Other nurses working in MS
• Allied health professionals, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists
• Neurologists – specialist registrars and consultants
• District nurses, practice nurses, community matrons
• Healthcare professionals working in the community, a hospital or primary care setting, a nursing care home or a rehabilitation or palliative care setting
Nominations for individuals and/or teams must clearly highlight why they deserve to be nominated and the contribution they make to improving the quality of life and experience of care for those with MS.
Entries must also demonstrate how a particular service is innovative and improves the patient experience.
You are encouraged to submit supporting materials for the following categories:
• Multidisciplinary team of the year
• Innovation in practice
• Information in practice
• Evidence in practice
The QuDoS in MS Awards – Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services in Multiple Sclerosis – are a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition from your peers, the NHS and industry for the difference you make to the lives of people with MS. Once the entry deadline of Monday 12 September 2016 has passed, all initiatives will be reviewed by the judging panel. Shortlisted entries will be announced after judging day in October and finalists will be invited to attend the awards presentation (date and venue to be confirmed). See the full list of judges for the QuDoS in MS Awards – Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services in MS.