Roads to Recovery

 Amanda Cheesley 28 Mar 2017

A new booklet on how to improve stroke services is useful reading for any nursing staff working in that field.

Do you, like me, remember when having a stroke was really common? When if you had one your chances of survival were poor and if you did survive you were likely to live with a life changing disability?

Having been a nurse for more years than I like to dwell on, I have seen a massive change in the delivery of stroke services that has meant people who have a stroke are much more likely to survive it, and not only survive but live well following the event.

Stroke is still the fourth most common cause of death in the UK, despite the numbers halving in the last 20 years, and the impact on not just the statutory services but on the individuals who survive and their families is significant.

In their new themed review “Roads to Recovery”, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre publish the most recent findings from NIHR funded research and celebrate the huge steps that have been made in the last 20 years on the treatment of stroke.

The booklet is designed to help decision makers look at and improve their services, from the acute phase to rehabilitation and life after stroke. It provides questions that would help in evaluating current provision and gives guidance on improvement using the latest research evidence.

The themed review is informative, easy to read and would be of use to anyone working in field of stroke – from primary care to acute services – and particularly for those who are developing a stroke pathway locally. It has four main sections:

  • Configuration of stroke services – including organisation and staffing.
  • Identifying stroke and acute management from 999 to first few days post-stroke.
  • Recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Life after stroke.
The resource includes key research linked to each area to help support improvement and the role of nurses is highlighted in many parts of the booklet. I urge you to read it and share it with colleagues.

Download the review from the NIHR Dissemination Centre website.

Amanda Cheesley

Amanda Cheesley

RCN Professional Lead for Long-Term Conditions and End of Life Care

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