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Connect Response to NAO Report: Progress in Improving Stroke Care

03 February 2010

Connect urges Local Authorities to “lift their game” and improve community care services and support for people living with stroke.

Progress in Stroke Care is the title of a report published on 3 February 2010 by the National Audit Office.

The report, a follow-up from the NAO’s 2005 report on Stroke Services, highlights a number of significant improvements in the acute care of stroke patients but also reports that this positive progress is not being matched by effective post-hospital support. 

It’s time for action. This report sets a clear challenge to social care providers and primary care trusts to work more effectively together to ensure that people living with stroke and aphasia get the support services they need to re-connect with life.” said Phyllis Campbell-McRae, CEO of Connect.

Stroke does not end when a person leaves hospital. People live with stroke and aphasia for the rest of their lives. Many organisations have the skills and experience to support the NHS and local authorities to do this.  Let’s work together to make it happen for people with stroke and aphasia”.

Connect supports the need identified by The National Audit Office for:

• clarity about standards and resourcing for long term services
• information for people to know who to go to or what is available to them after hospital (identified on p8);
• co-ordination between sectors including the third sector (identified on p15);
• training of healthcare staff including involving people with communication disability.

Read the full report Progress in Improving Stroke Care

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