Scottish charity Revive MS Support has appointed a new outreach worker to enhance its current outreach work and establish new clinics in order to reach more people.
The charity provides a wide range of therapies, support and information for over 2000 people with Multiple Sclerosis each year.
The new role was highlighted today as part of a visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil during MS Awareness Week.
The new post has been established following £20,000 of Scottish Government funding.
Iain Morrison, the charity’s Interim Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to our therapy centre. As Chief Executive, I have great pleasure in introducing him to our staff team and to clients who benefit so much from the services on offer here.
Scotland has the highest prevalence of MS in the world. It is an unpredictable and often distressing long-term condition which affects people in a range of ways; symptoms may come and go and can last for days to months at a time. Some have a really devastating effect and can completely change a person’s life.
“At Revive MS Support, we take a person-centred approach, encouraging self-management and acknowledging that everyone’s experience of life with MS is unique to them and that they should be in control of the support they receive. Our services are open to everyone affected – family members and carers as well as the person with the condition.
“I would also like to extend my grateful thanks to the Scottish Government for the award of £20,000. This will make a real difference to the valuable work carried out in the various outreach clinics.”
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can access the highest quality care and support.
“That is why I’m delighted to be here today and see the fantastic service that is being provided at Revive MS Support. Their collaboration with specialist MS nurses in Glasgow and Lanarkshire clearly shows the huge benefits of partnership working between the third sector and NHS.
“Supporting local projects complements our wider work in this area, which includes providing Boards with £1.2 million to develop improvement groups, establishing a National Advisory Group to help Boards implement the Neurological Standards and involving people in developing services through the Neurology Alliance’s Voices programme.”