MSCC resources

Education of patients and health professionals helps ensure early recognition of the important signs of MSCC.

Below you will find resources which have been created to educate these groups.

Information Leaflets for patients

Patients who are at risk of MSCC should be given an information leaflet; this leaflet helps the doctor, nurse, physiotherapist or other health professional discuss the possible early warning signs of MSCC.

Spinal Cord Compression: What to look out for

Spinal Cord Compression: What to look out for - no logo

Further information is also available for patients who have a confirmed diagnosis of MSCC.

Spinal Cord Compression: what it means and how it can be treated

Spinal Cord Compression: what it means and how it can be treated - No logo

Education for health professionals – ‘Red Flag’ Alert Cards

The MSCC Coordinator service and the local Acute Oncology teams in each hospital offer training sessions to staff, we also distribute ‘Red Flag’ alert cards which highlight the warning signs of MSCC.

Red Flag cards

Red Flag card briefing paper

'Developing an early alert system for MSCC: Red Flag credit cards' (Sept 2013) Turnpenney et al.  Primary Health Care Research & Development. - Published article

If you and your team require support with MSCC teaching, please contact us via the ‘Get in touch’ link.

Rehabilitation resources 

All patients should be referred to the rehabilitation team, the aim of rehabilitation is to improve quality of life, maintain or increase functional independence, prolong life by preventing complications and return patients to their home wherever possible.

Please visit the MSCC guidelines section to access the Protocol for mobilisation and rehabilitation and guidelines for assessment and management of patients requiring collars and braces.

There is a named MSCC Rehabilitation AHP Link person within each hospital and community service, they should be contacted for advice on coordinating rehabilitation. The directory is available by following the link below:

Directory for MSCC Named Rehabilitation Link Person

Guides for MSCC Named Rehabilitation Link Directory

MSCC Named Rehabilitation Link amendment sheet

GAIN guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Patients with MSCC:  Assessment and Care Provision by Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists

National MSCC Guidelines

The following links will allow you to access the national guidance which has helped shape local policy in Manchester Cancer.

NICE Guidelines

NICE MSCC Standards

NICE MSCC Pathway

West of Scotland Guidelines

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