Pip's Blog

Pip's Blog

Welcome to Pip's Blog, where our Centre Manager Pippa brings you up-to-date news from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and the MS community.

If you have any feedback or you would like to contact Pip email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

For older posts please visit http://pips-bmstc.blogspot.co.uk.


We're hiring

22 March 2017

We are looking to recruit a part time Physiotherapy Assistant to join our dedicated team . For more information about the post and application details click here.

Thank you to everyone who ran or helped with the Reading Half Marathon

21 March 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who ran the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge, everyone who volunteered and stewarded, everyone who cheered, everyone who organised and everyone who donated! We have raised over £5,000 so far! There is still time to donate here!

NICE backtracks on Biogen's multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta

21 March 2017

Source pmlive.com:

Biogen's new multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy should be available to NHS patients in England within three months after NICE reversed an earlier appraisal decision.

Ocrevus and the Hope of ‘Ending MS Forever’: Interview with MS Society’s Tim Coetzee

21 March 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

The potential approval of Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) this month supports the idea that, someday, a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS) is possible, according to Dr. Tim Coetzee, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s chief advocacy, services and research officer.

While Coetzee — and the society he represents — realize the potential of Ocrevus to improve MS treatment, both also acknowledge that plenty of work remains to be done to reach...

MS in the media 11th to 17th March 2017

21 March 2017

Source MS Trust:

These are links to news stories from the last week that may be of interest to people in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.

New ‘budget impact test’ could delay access to new drugs

17 March 2017

Source MS Society:

NICE has approved a new affordability test for drugs, which could delay one in five new treatments becoming available on the NHS by up to 3 years.

Listen to Caroline Wyatt on the Jeremy Vine show

16 March 2017

Source BBC:

Listen to Caroline Wyatt talking about MS and her experience of stem cell therapy on the Jeremy Vine show, BBC Radio 2. Caroline is on after the 1pm news an hour into the show. To listen click here.

5 things you need to know about today's PIP changes

16 March 2017

Source MS Society:

Personal Independence Payment ( PIP ) is a benefit helps cover the extra costs you can face if you need help doing everyday tasks or find it difficult to get around. It’s replacing Disability Living Allowance ( DLA ) for people of working age across the UK.

Reading Half Marathon this weekend

15 March 2017

It is less than a week to go until the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge.

Our new website

15 March 2017

Welcome to our new website. Last year we were very lucky to win an amazing competition offered by White Fuse Media and here is our prize: a brand new website. Please have a good look around and let us know what you think.