The MS Therapeutic Opportunities Team (TOPS) provides services for people with MS at Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Centre (BrAMS). TOPS services are jointly funded by MS Research, and Southmead Hospital Charity and have been nominated for an MS Trust QuDos in MS Award. This award recognise the outstanding work done by individuals and organisations in improving the quality of care for people living with MS.
The TOPS team comprising of Tania Burge (specialist clinical physiotherapist) , Angela Davies Smith (specialist research physiotherapist) and Olivia Powell (clinical assistant) with scientific support from our chair Dr Rosie Jones is a collaboration between clinical and research MS specialists working closely with exercise scientists and local gym and swimming instructors to enable delivery of ‘Research into Practice’ providing therapeutic opportunities for people with MS in community locations to promote long-term symptom self-management.
The services developed in Bristol encompass the exercise needs of those with a good level of function to remain fit and avoid some of the common problems seen in early MS as well as those needing therapeutic strategies more appropriate for people with more problems. It also provides opportunities for people to attend group sessions designed to help manage MS related fatigue (FACETS) and to try Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to assist mobility.
This category in which the team has been nominated celebrates the application of real-world evidence to improve clinical practice and the delivery of services recognising a robust approach to gathering or applying real-world evidence, commitment to engaging the whole team in applying evidence to practice and establishing a culture of evidence-driven service improvement.
The winners will be announced on Saturday 11th November 2017 and we wish the team the best of luck.