New online courses for nurses and OTs will help improve care

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David Stephenson
Strengthening healthcare services

Muscular Dystrophy UK is excited to announce the launch of new online courses for nurses and occupational therapists (OTs) working with people with muscle-wasting conditions.

The courses have been developed alongside specialist health professionals and people with muscle-wasting conditions, and are a vital part of our work to drive up standards of care. It was made possible thanks to the generosity of the James Tudor Foundation.

Module for nurses

Our nursing module is an online resource for nurses who work with individuals and families affected by muscle-wasting conditions, but who do not have specialist knowledge.

Nurses who complete this course will be able to study real-life scenarios to gain an understanding of the common health issues affecting adults with muscle-wasting conditions. The module provides information on the specialist inpatient care required when their patients are experiencing cardiac problems or respiratory difficulties. Nurses who take this course will also find out which health professionals are involved in the care of adults with muscle-wasting conditions, who they can contact for further support.

Module for OTs

Our module for OTs provides the information needed to safely assess a child or adult with a muscle-wasting condition.  In addition, it explains how OTs can support people with muscle-wasting conditions with tackling challenges around undertaking day-to-day activities.

Introductory course

We’re also launching an introductory module which is useful to anybody who wants to learn more about muscle-wasting conditions. After completing the module participants will be able to explain what a muscle-wasting condition is, the common ways in which it can affect a person’s body, and which health professionals are involved in providing care.

Priyaneet Kainth (pictured) from Birmingham who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) writes:

I’m really pleased that Muscular Dystrophy UK has developed these online modules. I know from personal experience that too often non-specialist health professionals are unaware of how to give people with muscle-wasting conditions the care and support they need.

The courses will be an important step in addressing this issue, by educating health professionals about the basics of muscle-wasting conditions.

Bobby Ancil, Senior Neuromuscular Outreach Manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:

Muscular Dystrophy UK aims to ensure all health professionals supporting people with neuromuscular conditions have the resources they need to deliver best-practice care. Our range of e-learning resources continues to grow and we are delighted to be launching these new courses today which will help improve care for children and adults with neuromuscular conditions.

I would also like to thank the James Tudor Foundation for providing a grant to develop these modules. It would not have been possible to create these courses without their invaluable support.

Other resources

Our modules for nurses and OTs (which are available on desktop, laptops and Ipads) are just some of the training courses provided by Muscular Dystrophy UK to support health professionals to deliver best-practice care for people with muscle-wasting conditions.

Resources already available include further online modules and specific neuromuscular study days we hold around the UK. Over 4500 community health professionals have used these resources to learn about how to best support people with muscle-wasting conditions.

This includes our online module for physiotherapists which has helped more than 1,200 physios working with adults with muscle-wasting conditions to provide better care. Our GP e-learning module has also been taken by over 1,000 GPs, and provides doctors with support around the diagnosis and practical management of people with muscle-wasting conditions.

If you would like further information about our work to improve care for people with muscle-wasting conditions across the UK please get in touch with David Stephenson at or on 0207 803 4826.

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