News Archive: 2018

October 2018

HighCALS – nutritional management survey for healthcare professionals

The HighCALS study is conducting a survey for healthcare workers who are involved in the care of people with MND, to find out about how their nutritional needs are currently met.

The survey is open to any healthcare professionals who feel able to comment on this topic, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and care coordinators. It is accessible via the following link: and may take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete.

COMMEND – study open to recruitment


The purpose of this study is to develop a new form of psychological therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for improving emotional wellbeing in people with MND. We would like to see how acceptable this newly developed therapy is to people with MND, and whether it is possible to provide it in the NHS.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a new form of psychological therapy that helps people to learn how to live with difficult or distressing thoughts, feelings or bodily sensations, while still doing things that really matter to them or being the type of person they want to be with MND.

Full information is available on the study page, here.

September 2018

MND Diagnosis study

A questionnaire study open to patients and family/caregivers

A research team including Prof Mary O’Brien from Edge Hill University, Prof David Oliver from the University of Kent and Prof Chris McDermott from the University of Sheffield are inviting people with MND to take part in a study looking at the way the diagnosis is told to people, the information they are given and if the process is in line with the Guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They are also looking for family members/caregivers of people diagnosed with MND to understand more about how the process is seen by them. It is hoped that the results will be published in scientific papers to enable neurologists, and others involved in health and social care, to be aware of the issues that are raised so that there can be improvements to care.  The study has been reviewed and given ethical approval from Edge Hill University Faculty of Health & Social Care Research Ethics Committee.

What would I have to do?

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire asking about your (or your family member’s) experience of being told the diagnosis of MND. The questionnaire is web-based and can be accessed via the links below. If you would prefer a paper copy of the questionnaire, or for any other queries, please contact Prof Mary O’Brien,  (01695 650918).

Survey for people with MND:

Survey for family members/carers:

May 2018

HighCALS workshops

HighCALS is a research programme aiming to help people with MND achieve a high-calorie diet.  They are currently looking for MND healthcare professionals & those involved in commissioning / delivering services to take part in workshops across the UK during June 2018, to find out about how such needs are currently met in the NHS. Please see the flyer for full details: HighCALS workshops June 2018

February 2018

New research study, ProSec3, recruits first patients

ProSec3, evaluating the clinical management of excessive saliva in patients with motor neurone disease, has opened to recruitment.  Sheffield has recruited its first patients into the study, and other sites up-and-down the country (20 in total!) are primed to start recruitment very soon.  The study is jointly funded by Marie Curie and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Click here for more information about the study.

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