New MND Coordinator for Calderdale and Huddersfield starts work

We’re excited to say that the new MND Coordinator for Calderdale and Huddersfield has begun work to bring together help and services for those with the condition across the area.

Beth Macdonald has been appointed to the two-day per week role, which will initially run for two years.

It is being jointly funded by the Nick Smith Foundation and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity with the aim to provide patients with a single point of contact, ensuring a joined-up approach to care and unlocking and signposting extra support for those diagnosed and their families.

A MND Steering Group, which Foundation Chair Stephen Naylor will be part of, will work with Beth to develop the role and assess its impact.

Beth said:

“I am very excited to be in the role and am hoping to make great improvements in the experiences of people with Motor Neurone Disease, and their families.

“I have worked in the community as an Occupational Therapist for many years, working closely with people with Motor Neurone Disease and their families. This has enabled me to see where hospital and community services and support could be improved locally and delivered in a way that offers people a more coordinated and supportive approach as they navigate life with this very difficult condition.

“I am optimistic that the coordinator role will have a significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people with MND in the Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trust area.”