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The National Stroke Strategy - Connect's view

11 December 2007

On 5th December 2007, the National Stroke Strategy was published. Connect is delighted to be part of the development of this quality framework to enable high quality health and social care services.

People with aphasia at consultation event

Carole Rickards, who has aphasia, taking part in the consultation event at Connect, after the launch of the draft Stroke Strategy.

On December 5th the Department of Health launched the National Stroke Strategy. This is a 10 year plan to improve services to people who have a stroke. The strategy covers 4 main areas:

  • Raising awareness of the symptoms of stroke and ensuring people with stroke are fully involved in decisions about their care and the services they need;
  • emergency treatment for stroke – ensuring that people get to hospital quickly and get the right treatment
  • life after stroke – making sure people who have had a stroke and their relatives and carers achieve a good quality of life wherever they live;
  • working together – making sure different professionals and organisations work together so that everyone who has a stroke can expect good care from people with the right skills and experience.

Connect has been involved in the strategy in a range of ways. Sally Byng led the life after stroke group. People with aphasia from Connect participated in each of the six expert project groups and the overall steering group. We worked with the Department of Health to produce an Easy Access version of the consultation document. We encouraged people with aphasia to give their views on the strategy both individually and in groups that we ran.

What does Connect think of the strategy?

Carole Pound, Acting Chief Executive at Connect said:

'Connect welcomes the publication of the strategy and the commitment to giving stroke services both a higher profile and a clear plan for change.

We are particularly pleased that the strategy recognises the important long term support needs of people with aphasia as well as the need for prompt, preventative treatment. We are delighted to see the recommendation that people with stroke and communication difficulties should access support for as long as they need it, from a range of providers including the voluntary sector. As an organisation that has always championed the need for accessible information and collaboration with experts who live with stroke and aphasia we are very pleased indeed to see the importance the strategy gives to these areas'.

Susan Whittle, a Connect trustee who has aphasia and has been involved with the development of the strategy said

'The National Stroke Strategy - working groups - very great!    Now - it is very awful stroke but tomorrow.....? I hope that money and resources lots of stroke treatments and support they need'

If you would like to see a copy of the strategy please go to The Department of Health website

The easy access version of the strategy should be available soon from the Department of Health.

If you would like to send us your views on the strategy and how you would like Connect to work to improve life after stroke for people with aphasia please email [email protected]

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