Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services in Multiple Sclerosis (QuDoS in MS) is a programme to recognise outstanding UK healthcare professionals and teams.
The programme highlights innovation and excellence in MS care management and service delivery, recognising the valuable contribution of individuals and teams in improving the quality of life and experience of care for those with MS.
In its fourth year, entries for the QuDoS in MS programme were of an exceptionally high standard.
Professor Dawn Langdon, Chair of Judges, Professor of Neuropsychology, Royal Holloway University of London, commented: "I was so impressed by the quality of the MS healthcare described in the entries. The extraordinary commitment and energy of MS health professionals is providing services that are creative, well designed and tailored to the needs of people with MS."
The winning and commended entries are detailed below. QuDoS will be back later in 2020, so please watch this space for details of how to nominate and recognise the efforts and achievements of outstanding health professionals.
Outstanding MS specialist nurse
WINNER: Karen Vernon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust COMMENDED: Iris Hume, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust; Katie Hanson, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
Outstanding MS physician
WINNER: Barbara Chandler, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness COMMENDED: David Paling, Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital; Jonathan O'Riordan, Tayside and North East Fife Regional MS Unit
Outstanding MS occupational therapist
WINNER: Susan Hourihan, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery COMMENDED: Gillian Burdon, Wye Valley NHS Trust
Outstanding MS pharmacist
WINNER: Joela Mathews, Barts Health NHS Trust
Outstanding MS physiotherapist
WINNER: Jody Barber, Central London Community Healthcare COMMENDED: Sarah Brenton, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
Innovation in practice
WINNER: RWT MS Nurse Team, Royal Wolverhampton Trust COMMENDED: Wye Valley’s Home Phlebotomy Service, Wye Valley NHS Trust; Autonomic Dysreflexia Project Group, Bristol Community Health
Innovation in digital services
WINNER: My Medical Record, UHS MS Team, UHS My Medical Record Team and NIHR CLAHRC Wessex COMMENDED: NHS Ayrshire & Arran DMT Service, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Team of the year
WINNER: Nutrition Team, Chilterns MS Centre COMMENDED: Community MS Team, Wye Valley NHS Trust; West Herts Community Neuro Service MS Team, Central London Community Healthcare
Judges' special awards
Lindsay Lord, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust; South East London Kent and Medway (SELKAM) regional MS Nurse Advisory Group
Lifetime achievement award
Nicki Ward-Abel, Senior Lecturer Practitioner in MS, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham