MS Research plays an active role in providing and promoting services that help treat people's MS in numerous different ways.
For several years MS Research has been offering fatigue management courses called FACETs (Fatigue: Applying cognitive behavioural and Energy Effectiveness Techniques) in Bristol following the involvement of Bristol researchers in the development of FACETs in its research phase. People with MS greatly appreciate help with the difficult symptom of fatigue and find FACETs cognitive behavioural and energy management approach accessible and very helpful. People who attend FACETs say that they appreciate spending time with other people who can share their experiences of fatigue.
Fatigue affects around 90% of people with MS and is one of the main symptoms preventing people with MS from remaining in employment. There is presently little effective medication for MS fatigue.
"This course has been amazing. It’s an awesome thing to do to provide a point of contact/connection for MS sufferers, that perspective gained from shared experience is excellent. It would be, I think, hugely beneficial to newly diagnosed patients – given the misunderstandings and ambiguity around fatigue. Thank you so much for this, it’s genuinely changed my life. Thank you.” - A FACETS participant, 2019.
If you are interested in enrolling in a FACETS course please complete the form below. Note that at present FACETS is aimed at ambulent people with MS. Further developments wiill be focused on wheelchair users.
MS Research continues to support the delivery of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) clinics helping patients who have foot drop to walk more easily.
MS Research runs a Bladder and Bowel course designed to help people manage their symptoms. It is open and free to anyone who has MS.
This course provides information and coping strategies to deal with bladder and bowel problems in MS.
This service is run by a specialist neuro Occupational Therapist and is designed to give patients time to discuss upper limb symptoms during a one to one private appointment. Alongside this personal service MS Research offer the chance to sample various aids designed to alleviate upper limb movements disorders and help with dexterity. It sits alongside our research into upper limb problems such as tremor and loss of sensation. Hand and arm difficulties in MS tend to be neglected and can be difficult to manage.
Digesting Science is an Enterprise and Engagement award-winning approach to understanding and educating children about multiple sclerosis (MS). This service, developed by the Barts MS Team in 2013, provides children aged between 6-12 with a set of activites that educate in a fun and informative way. This can be hugely beneficial to family life for families where a parent has MS, as this can be a difficult subject to approach with young children.