MS Awareness training for Social Prescribing services

A FREE training session providing an awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) aimed at professionals working in the community

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Free MS awareness session for:

  • Community Link Workers
  • Social Prescribers
  • Community Connectors
  • GP community referral workers
  • Community or Village Agents
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) workers and volunteers

As part of MS-UK’s work to raise awareness of MS, we are offering a FREE online MS Awareness session for community workers.

Why does your team need this session?

Did you know that MS is the most common disabling neurological condition in young adults? It is estimated that there are over *150,000 people in the UK who have MS.

MS-UK know that social prescribing plays a huge role in universal personalised care services across health and social care, and we want to help raise awareness of MS with your teams.

As well as having potential to impact on mobility and coordination, MS symptoms are often ‘invisible’ and can impact on aspects of daily living, employment, meaningful activities, and overall wellbeing. Nearly three quarters of respondents to a 2018 MS-UK survey told us that they have experienced issues relating to loneliness and isolation. People living with MS also have higher rates of anxiety and depression than the general population.

Combine all these social, physical, and mental health factors and it highlights why people with MS may need support from community organisations and social prescription services.

Who is this session for?

The session is open to community-based professionals or volunteers who may be supporting people with multiple sclerosis. Please share with any colleagues who you think may be interested.

What is the session about?

The session will touch on:

  • What is MS?
  • Symptoms that may impact on wellbeing
  • A personal insight into living well with MS
  • Symptom management and wellness – what support to people with MS need?
  • MS-UK services and how we can support the MS community and their allies
  • How social prescribers/community workers can support people on their MS journey

What do other social prescribers have to say about MS-UK’s awareness sessions?

‘Well worth attending – good use of 1.5 social prescribing hours!’

‘My biggest take away was being provided with such a detailed insight into MS and all the tools needed to signpost a client with MS’

‘Fantastic informative session pitched at just the right level with plenty of helpful practical ideas to implement into our social prescribing services’

‘Exceptional webinar for anyone who has basic knowledge of MS. By far the most informative webinar I have attended all year, from overview of MS, possible causes, different stages of MS, symptoms, myth busting as well as support options available throughout individual health journeys. Cannot recommend enough!!’

‘I felt the training really gave me an understanding of what a patient with MS is feeling and going through, from initial concerns right through to years within their diagnosis. This made me feel far more equipped when trying to support a patient with MS as I have more of an insight into what support they may or may not be looking for.’

Who will be delivering the session?

All our work is driven by our organisational values and includes real voices of people living with MS. This session will be delivered by a member of our team in partnership with a volunteer with lived experience of MS.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend – we will be recording the session and sending it out to all those that have registered afterwards.

Are there any other learning opportunities with MS-UK?

If feel that you or your team need a comprehensive understanding of multiple sclerosis, MS-UK have a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited MS Awareness eLearning course. This course is aimed at workers and volunteers who may support people affected by MS.

This course is written by professionals for professionals, so once completed, learners will have a thorough understanding of MS and be able to support those affected. The cost of the course is £20 per learner. Discounted rates for group bookings are available upon request. Contact or call 01206 226500.

* ‘MS Society Multiple Sclerosis Incidence, and Prevalence in the UK’. 2024. The Health Improvement Network (THIN) Database (A Cegedim Proprietary Database). This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support.