How to Establish an FES Service – MS Society UK and IFESS UK & Ireland Chapter Webinar

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) to support mobility in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is recommended in NICE guidelines but FES is not being provided or funded consistently across the UK despite there being many people with MS who could potentially benefit.

In this webinar Alison Clarke and Christine Singleton will share their insights and experiences on the practicalities of setting up and running FES services. Whilst every service will be different based on local needs and local health structures, there are key common themes and hurdles to address. Using their unique perspectives they will cover –

  • Establishing the need for your service, the range and scope
  • Who you need to involve and where the service sits in wider pathways
  • The practicalities of delivering a service, referrals, admin and equipment
  • Ensuring sustainability, collecting outcomes and data, providing long term support

The webinar will also include an FES patient perspective from Rob Wright, who lives with MS and will share his experiences of using FES. This will be followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion.

All are welcome to attend this session as no prior knowledge of functional electrical stimulation is required. Healthcare professionals and decision makers who support people with MS are particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM UTC/GMT
This webinar took place in the past. You may watch it online.


Christine Singleton

Christine Singleton MSc, HCP, MCSP, OCPPP

Christine Singleton is Lead Clinical Physiotherapist at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre in Birmingham. She established services to assist neurological patients with mobility and rehabilitation using innovative technology and Christine has a keen interest in clinical research. A visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and Founder member of Therapist in MS (TiMS) she tries to ensure that all patients receive equal access to good quality holistic care. 

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist based at the Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. She has over 30 years’ experience working in neuro-rehabilitation and much of this has been with people who have MS. Her work has been across a wide variety of services including hospital inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient and community services, hydrotherapy, research and teaching. Currently, her role involves working in a Spasticity Management Clinic, research projects and running a computerised Gait (walking) Analysis Service as well as the very large, regional, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) service. The FES clinic has been running since 2005 and there are currently several hundred patients in the FES clinic and around three quarters of these are people with MS.

Rob Wright


I qualified from Liverpool University in 1988 having been born n bred in St Helens. Worked as a General Practitioner as a partner in Prescot, St Helens and Culcheth (Warrington) for 20yrs. I had special interest in palliative care, child health and acupuncture. I developed relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000 and following further relapses in 2012 retired in 2013. Currently I have been diagnosed with secondary progressive ms. I am volunteer and committee member with the St Helens MS Society Group.



Phil Seddon, Multiple Sclerosis Society, UK

Dr Tamsyn Street, Salisbury NHS foundation Trust, UK

Event Fee
IFESS members €0.00
Multiple Sclerosis Society UK members €0.00
Non-IFESS members (approx. £ 4.76 and $ 7.42) €6.50

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