Project Name: 

Swansea SPMS Solution Joint Working Project

Start Date and Duration: December 2021 (15 months)

Joint Working Project Summary:

The principal aim of this joint working project is to establish a new Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) service for patients, allowing Swansea Bay University Health Board Tertiary Service to address the clinically unmet needs of SPMS patients across Swansea Bay, Hywel Dda, and Powys Health Boards with a supportive pathway to ensure optimal management.

Planned Milestones:

  • Kick-off meeting held with key stakeholders to discuss and agree project plan
  • Collection of baseline data, set up and approval of pathway/protocol to govern clinical operations of the SPMS service of patient referral and triaging pathway
  • Collection and analysis of 6-month data
  • Collection and analysis of 12-month data
  • Write up of methodology and case study, development of Business case for national utilisation for sustained SPMS service funding

Expected Benefits


  • Improved access to optimal diagnosis and SPMS management;
  • More equitable, timely and consistent access to care;
  • Enhanced experience for patients and their carers, who live with SPMS.


  • High quality care in line with NICE Quality Standards for SPMS patients;
  • Achievements of NHS/service targets;
  • Improved productivity and efficiency;
  • Use of wider Novartis service transformation expertise for the benefit of this and other SPMS services across the NHS.