Get Smart is an annual educational MS conference created for nurses, by nurses. Over the last 7 years, our steering committees have built a range of agendas to support both experienced nurses and nurses starting their career in MS by providing interactive, practical education and a platform for best practice sharing to support nurses in their day-to-day clinical roles.
The meetings are CPD-accredited and cover a range of clinical and practical topics, combining lectures and workshops led by key experts and specialist nurses. Get Smart is a promotional meeting, organised and funded by Novartis.
Choose a topic from the links below, which include updates from meetings that have taken place over the past few years.
Impact of relapse management on hospital admissions
Emily Whisker, MS Specialist Nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, discusses the impact of MS relapses on hospital admissions in terms of cost and resource utilisation. She discusses the use of relapse clinics as a way of alleviating pressure on UK hospitals and at the same time empowering patients to take a more active role in their MS by recognising the signs of progression.
SPMS: Can we do more?
Floriana de Angelis, Consultant Neurologist at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Clinical Research Associate at the Queen Square MS Centre, discusses how progressive disease can be identified efficiently in order to improve management of SPMS patients. She explains the changing needs of progressive patients, and gives guidance on transitioning patients from DMTs used in RRMS to those needed for SPMS.
Pain in MS
Miranda Olding, an MS specialist nurse at the MS Therapy Centre at the University of Bedfordshire, provides an overview of the major types of pain in MS, and looks at the recommended pain relief options in MS.
Demystifying MRI scans
Dr David Paling, Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, evaluates the use of MRIs in MS. He looks at how MRI works, what the images in MS look like, what it means anatomically, what patterns to look out for in progressive disease and what happens in practice. The session aims to allow discussing and using MRI scans easier for nurses.
Road to recovery
Gail Clayton, an MS Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital of Wales, and Carolyn Cairns, MS Advanced Nurse Practitioner from The Walton Centre, share their experiences of working in MS during the COVID-19 pandemic. They share what skills they learned when managing patients virtually, and the strategies that worked for them in clinic.
Virtual consultations: A valuable asset in MS monitoring?
Carmel Wilkinson, an MS Clinical Nurse Specialist at South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust, and Samantha Colhoun, MS Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital Birmingham, talk about the success of video consultations with MS patients and the limitations of not having face-to-face interactions between clinicians and patients.
Patient education as an MS management tool
Rachel Wallbank, an occupational therapist at the Helen Durham Centre, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, discusses how patient education fits into a holistic model of MS care, and shares advice for patient education and self-management in MS.
Diet – what is it good for?
Catherine Washbrook-Davies, a community dietitian at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, discusses the link between diet and inflammatory response, and gives advice on how to make dietary changes to help patients manage their MS.
‘Community-ship’ in MS
Judy Barber (Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist), Gillian Burdon, (MS Occupational Therapist) and Dr Christine Longinotti (Clinical Psychologist) discuss the role of the MDT in providing a fully supportive service to MS patients and how their physical and emotional well-being can be improved. They also look at how MS nurses can work with different therapists to enhance the lives of people living with MS.
Seeing the whole picture: emotional well-being
Dr Christine Longinotti, Clinical Psychologist at West London NHS Trust, discusses how we must understand the grieving process when patients face an MS diagnosis. She also advises how nurses can help them manage this grief, by supporting them emotionally through the various changes that occur to their normal lives due to their disease.
For KESIMPTA®▼ (ofatumumab) prescribing information click here.
GB prescribing information for MAYZENT®▼ (siponimod) can be found here.
NI prescribing information for MAYZENT®▼ (siponimod) can be found here.
For EXTAVIA® (interferon beta-1b) prescribing information click here.
For GILENYA® (fingolimod) prescribing information click here.
DMT, disease-modifying treatment; MDT, multidisciplinary team; MRI, magnetic resonance imaging; MS, multiple sclerosis; RCN, Royal College of Nursing; RRMS, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis; SPMS, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
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