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Stroke Services Working Group

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We will work with our communities as we implement the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit and improve our Early Supported Stroke Discharge pathway which will offer more intensive support to get stroke patients active more quickly.


What it is:

We are holding workshops for the public facilitated by the Stroke Association.

We are asking three questions to prompt feedback that can help shape our thinking and influence the implementation of the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) and the Early Supported Stroke Discharge (ESSD) pathway. They are:

  • What opportunities do these changes offer?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What do patients and their families/carers want clinicians to know as the service develops?

Emerging themes from workshops so far:

  • The acute phase of the stroke lasts for a short time and the implication and recovery / living life after stroke lasts much longer
  • Concerns about travel for people in west Cumbria
  • Concerns about people in south Copeland / travel times
  • Acknowledging we deserve a modern service 24/7
  • Opportunity to promote prevention and FAST
  • Opportunity to refresh and develop information for people after a stroke which could be ICC specific
  • Pressures on staff within the system at the moment
  • Organisations like the Stroke Association need more support

Previous Workshops: 

Building Health Partnerships

North Cumbria Health and Care System is being supported by NHS England to take part in the Building Health Partnerships (BHP) programme working with facilitators from the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR).

We are one of 5 Integrated care Systems to have successfully bid to be part of the programme.

In North Cumbria we are looking at the prevention of cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart disease and the detection of conditions like atrial fibrillation which could lead to stroke.

We are hoping to pilot a project in the Copeland area which we could share across the north of the county.

Members of the Third Sector, the West Cumbrian Voices for Healthcare, the Stroke Association, Rotary, Healthwatch and Public Health are working with NHS colleagues to shape and develop a project.

You can find out more about IVAR and the BHP process on the Institute for Voluntary Action Research website|

It focuses on facilitating a conversation between local people, the third and voluntary sector and public agencies.

The processes offers support to design a collaborative approach to health challenges with some members of the group going on to  leadership training with the Kings Fund.

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