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The MS Academy offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to receive expert training in multiple sclerosis.

Following in the successful footsteps of the Parkinson’s Academy which was established in 2002, the MS Academy delivers an innovative educational programme in the field of MS. The MasterClass aims to provide a structured training programme for clinicians who seek formal training in both the clinical and managerial aspects of running an ‘MS service’. The educational style of the Academy provides unique clinical skills enhancement and service development.

The existing programme of MS MasterClasses is designed specifically for neurology clinicians with an interest in MS. Whether you are a general neurologist who cares for MS patients in a district general hospital, a neurology registrar who wants to focus on MS, or a neurologist specialising in MS, the MasterClass programme aims to build your confidence in managing the condition, and prescribing treatment or referring to a specialist centre for treatment.

If you are a GP, pharmacist, specialist MS nurse, physiotherapist or other allied healthcare professional with an interest in developing your skills in MS, please contact us to register your interest for courses tailored to your needs in the future.

“Excellent course with eminent faculty, lots of interaction, and a balance between clinical and service development training”

“Really useful course, especially for new consultants expected to start prescribing DMTs for MS”

The MS Academy draws on the expertise of leaders in the field who deliver top quality education in small groups of 20 and a relaxed atmosphere. The courses have the input from a range of disciplines, and of course from patients themselves.

Not only does the Academy provide updates on the evidence base for managing MS and practical support on how to develop an MS service, the course is also an invaluable opportunity to establish an ongoing network of peer support – not just in MS but in other neurological conditions too.

“Excellent course. Interactive, with huge amount of information delivered in a concise and engaging manner”

“Covered important clinical issues relating to drug therapies and in particular escalation therapies. Very interactive, lots of debate and discussion”

Advanced training also includes a mentorship programme, which means that individual support continues even after the residential course has finished.

An integral part of the MS MasterClass is the intermodule project. Attendees undertake a workplace project on an issue within their own area. This might be around service delivery, patient management or an aspect of drug management and might involve a service description, an audit or research. Suggested topics include UTI in MS, falls, fractures and bone health, education around PML risk and monitoring, advanced directives, comorbidity screening and lifestyle issues.

The project concludes with presentation to the course members and Faculty in Module 2. This project is a required piece of work which completes the CPD sign-off for the course. To get an idea of what a project might entail you can see examples of projects completed by Parkinson’s Academy attendees.

The Academy MasterClass programmes are approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The 2016 MS MasterClass was awarded 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits. Subsequent courses are longer and therefore we expect will be awarded more CPD credits. Please note that the credits are subject to approval of the final programme.

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The MS MasterClass is funded by Biogen through an unrestricted educational grant