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Connect helps to shape stroke services in London

26 March 2009

Once more, Connect has been involved in helping shape stroke policy. The new policy is called 'Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action'. It aims to transform health across London and one of its main focuses is stroke care.

What has Connect done?

  • We have attended public info and consultation days
  • We have been asked to help write what ‘patient outcomes’ would be for stroke care
  • Alan Hewitt (one of our staff, who also has aphasia) was interviewed for his story
  • We have run consultation events for Healthcare for London – these events seek the views of people with aphasia. And we have made sure that these are accessible so that people with aphasia understand the issues and are able to give their views.

Kate Swinburn (one of our staff) sits on a working party to write guidelines for how long term care should be commissioned.

How have we done this?

We talk to people with aphasia, to find out what they think is the best way to plan services.  Then we give this information to the policy makers and argue the case.  

All this will shape what care will be available for people who have a stroke and aphasia in London in the future.


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Alan Hewitt

Alan Hewitt

Kate Swinburn who works with people with aphasia

Kate Swinburn