Individuals living with MS help development of new teaching module
A new teaching module developed at Swansea University by Dr Gareth Noble of the School of Health Science will help health care professionals who are looking after people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
And a significant aspect of the module is that people living with MS in Wales helped with its development.
The announcement is followed next week (April 21 – 27) by MS Awareness week in the UK – aimed at improving public knowledge about this chronic condition.
Dr Noble, who is the School of Health Science's Chronic Condition Management programme leader, said: "The collaborative way in which the module has been put together means that students will benefit from the expertise of a wide range of clinicians from various disciplines, health science and medical academics across Wales, as well as those the condition affects.
"Most importantly we have had the encouragement and support of MS Society Cymru, specifically Sue Lloyd and Jane Petty."
He continued: "The module will be offered in 2009, subject to approval and validation, and covers topics such as neuro-rehabilitation, current pharmacological inventions, and psychosocial aspects of the condition. It will ensure that students enhance their clinical knowledge and skills to manage Multiple Sclerosis using an effective multi-disciplinary approach."
Judi Rhys, the Director for MS Society Cymru, said: "The MS Society is very pleased to support the Management of Multiple Sclerosis module. It is an important means to further the knowledge and skills needed to help people affected by MS, and completion of the module will mean that students are far better placed to do this.
"As the module has been developed collaboratively, we know that it will genuinely take account of the needs of people affected by MS, and is likely to have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing."
MS study has already proved popular with students, with many choosing to research it further.
Gemma Lowe, a PhD student at the School of Health Science is currently researching for her project, Hearing related problems in people with Multiple Sclerosis, whilst another two projects on MS related research are in the pipeline.
"The current exciting developments for MS care – ranging from new education courses to innovative research studies – allow the School of Health Science to assist and support the provision of evidence-based practice, to improve the health and quality of life of people living with MS and other chronic conditions at a local, national and international level," added Dr Noble.
The Management of Multiple Sclerosis module is targeted at health care professionals involved in chronic condition management, and covers key aspects of this degenerative condition of the central nervous system.
With an estimated 85,000 people living with the condition in the UK, MS touches many lives – not only those living with the condition, but also their family, friends, and carers.
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