Multiple Sclerosis team win two national awards

Monday, 20 November 2017

North Bristol NHS Trust's multiple sclerosis team has picked up two national awards.

Specialist MS Physiotherapist Tania Burge was named Outstanding Allied Health Professional at the awards while the Therapeutic Opportunities team she is part of received the Real World Evidence in Care Award at the QuDoS in MS awards. They were also shortlisted in the Innovation in Practice category.

Therapeutic Opportunities team receives the Real World Evidence in Care Award at the QuDoS in MS awards

The QuDoS awards are run by MS Trust and stand for Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services in MS and they honour the work of frontline clinical staff in meeting the needs of patients.

Tania is based at Southmead Hospital’s Brain Centre, where she supports people with MS. She also set up sessions outside of the hospital alongside partners in the community to enable patients to take part in exercise that helps with their symptoms.

Therapeutic Opportunities focusses on embedding research into clinical practice to help people with MS, particularly in the areas of mobility, managing symptoms and improving function.

MS team celebrate their award

Alongside Tania the team includes MS Assistant Practitioner Olivia Powell - whose position is funded by Southmead Hospital Charity and MS Research Treatment and Education (MSRTE) - MS Research Physiotherapist Angela Davies Smith and Research Facilitator Rosie Jones.

The team takes research and turns it into improvements for patients.

Among the areas they have developed are aquatherapy for people with MS and the balance group, using their research to inform the work they do.

Tania said: “We are really pleased with our award because we have been working together for several years and Olivia joined us 18 months ago with a foot in both camps so there is a constant link between the work we all do and ultimately the patients benefit,” Tania said.

Specialist MS Physiotherapist Tania Burge named Outstanding Allied Health Professional

Speaking of her individual award, she added: "I was really, really pleased because it's a really competitive world and to have won this is wonderful

“I absolutely love my job and to be recognised in the field of MS means so much.”

The team was also shortlisted in the Best Innovation category in the Bristol Post Health and Care awards, which were held last month.