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The MS nurse: 25 years on

MS awareness week on 24-30 April marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the multiple sclerosis specialist nurse role. Specialist nurses have made a huge difference to patients but now face tough challenges over caseloads and drug complexity.
Liz Watson

MS awareness week on 24-30 April marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the multiple sclerosis specialist nurse role. Specialist nurses have made a huge difference to patients but now face tough challenges over caseloads and drug complexity

Emma Matthews became a multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist nurse after seeking a job that would let her build close relationships with patients and their families. Ms Matthews, who works at Northampton General Hospital four days a week, says working in partnership with patients over the past eight years to manage the progressive neurological condition has been incredibly satisfying.

'The people I see, I get to know properly,' says Ms Matthews, who was previously a ward sister. 'I see people from diagnosis, when they may be very traumatised, and see

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