Working alongside Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, the Nick Smith Foundation have jointly funded a new MND Care Coordinator post at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The Nick Smith Foundation is donating a total of £16,200 (matched by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity) to fund the 2 day per week role.

The new role is the first for the Trust and aims to provide patients with a single point of contact, ensuring a joined-up approach to care and signposting extra support for those diagnosed and their families.

Beth Macdonald was appointed into role in 2020, and 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 Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust area.”