Nominated for MS Society MS Health professional of the Year, Mhairi is a MS Specialist Nurse, working with NHS Lanarkshire, the third largest health board in Scotland.
There are an estimated 1,600 people with MS living in Lanarkshire and Mhairi services a caseload of patients totalling over 1,200 people. She is the only MS Specialist Nurse employed by the health board.
In her role, Mhairi covers all aspects of care and case management for her patients, including monitoring and supporting around 400 people on disease modifying therapies. With such an enormous caseload, Mhairi has employed a range of innovative measures to support her work, including building a number of highly effective partnerships and collaborations.
She has embraced Scottish health policy best practice recommendations by bringing her clinics out into the communities where her patients live and work. This makes her services accessible and patient-friendly and reducing travel inequalities within this expansive geography, particularly for rural patients.
For Mhairi, her patients are her number one priority, and she’s always looking for ways in which to lessen the impact of MS. Mhairi’s innate understanding of living with MS has no doubt been sharpened by having the condition affect her immediate family, and by being an MS carer in her personal life, as well as in her clinical role.
Mhairi has also chaired the Scottish MS Specialist Nurse network for the last two years, and has mentored and supported new MS nurses coming into post with great success.
Mhairi joins the Revive team from 2nd May 2017 to provide much needed support to our existing part-time MS Nurse and also to lead the ARMSS (Access Revive MS Support) pilot project which will provide clinical and emotional support via remote consultation.
The pilot will focus on North Lanarkshire so her insights and local knowledge of MS service needs will be invaluable. This pilot will be part-funded by Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) through their Innovation Fund and done in collaboration with The Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare along with the Digital Health & Care Institute.
We are delighted to have secured the services of someone who is as highly qualified as Mhairi is in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.