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Access to Life in Cornwall forum announced

21 May 2008

Health and social care commissioners, key decision makers and influential community leaders will gather on Monday 23 June at Connect's Access to Life Forum in Bodmin to reflect on how Cornwall will rise to meet the challenge of the Department of Health's new Stroke Strategy. The Forum will be opened by Sir Ian Carruthers OBE, the Chief Executive of NHS South West.

The Access to Life Forum will feature Professor Roger Boyle CBE, National Director of Heart and Stroke, who will review the diverse range of therapy, support and community involvement required to meet the quality measures of the Life After Stroke chapter of the strategy.

Andrew Cozens CBE, Strategic Adviser for Children, Adults and Health Services for the Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA), will talk about creative commissioning of services. 

Implementing the new stroke strategy will be the subject of a presentation by Dr Damian Jenkinson, National Clinical Lead for the Department of Health's NHS Stroke Improvement Programme.

Connect's Access to Life Project was established in Cornwall in 2006 to enhance services and to develop new opportunities led by people with aphasia for people with aphasia. Volunteers with aphasia will speak at the Forum to showcase the peer-support network and activities they have created to help themselves and help each other.

On behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, Consultant Nurse for Stroke Maggie Scott will use the Forum to launch a vision for Cornwall's Life After Stroke care pathway which has been inspired by the success of the Access to Life Project, the enthusiasm of local people with stroke and aphasia and the commitment of stroke clinicians in Cornwall.

Attendance at the Access to Life Forum is by invitation only, but the presentations will be available from the Connect website after 23 June.

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