Improving accessibility and tackling a shortage of time among healthcare professionals are key reasons why the charity has taken its fatigue course online.
The MS Society has launched its first set of online training resources to help those with multiple sclerosis (MS) combat fatigue.
The charity says that fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms of MS, affecting eight out of ten of those with the condition. It is also the main reason why those with MS give up work.
The programme is free to access online and based on face-to-face workshops that usually cost more than £400 a person.
A lack of time and resources for healthcare workers overseeing the course is a key reason why the programme is being delivered online for free, said MS Lead Nurse Mavis Ayer,
Being online also helps with the courses’ accessibility for the charity’s beneficiaries.
Pressure on healthcare workers
She said: “Fatigue is a challenge to manage both for people with MS and healthcare professionals, and we’re excited by what this new online course can offer.
“It has potential to help alleviate some of the significant pressure on healthcare professionals and, importantly, will allow people with MS to self-manage their condition from anywhere in the UK.
“It will also reach more people than ever before – including those who struggle to physically attend courses due to MS fatigue.”
The course is known as FACETs (Fatigue: Applying Cognitive behavioural and Energy effectiveness Techniques to life Style).
Each of the online sessions is designed to last around 20 minutes each and explores strategies and techniques to tackle and cope with fatigue.
MS Society chief executive Nick Moberly added: “More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK and, while it is unpredictable and different for everyone, fatigue affects around 80% of us living with the condition.