We set out our policy positions from Brexit to cutting-edge new stroke treatments like thrombectomy. Tackling the big issues important to stroke survivors, their families and the wider world of stroke.

Air Pollution

Air pollution is an emerging risk factor for stroke. Governments across the UK must do more to reduce all types of air pollution.

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Ambulance response to stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency, it's vital that anyone suspected of a stroke has an appropriate vehicle such as an ambulance to take them to a specialist stroke unit to get the treatment they need.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a type of irregular heartbeat that can cause the formation of blood clots. It's a risk factor for around 1 in 5 strokes and can result in more severe strokes, leading to higher mortality and/or greater disability. 

The majority of AF related strokes are preventable with the right medication. AF needs to be a key focus of targeted national and local efforts, given the burden stroke places on society, individuals, families, carers and others.

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Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the UK, with four out of ten stroke survivors leaving hospital needing help with day-to-day activities. Research has shown that carers, rather than personal social services, provide the majority of care and support for stroke survivors. It is vital that all carers involved in decision making receive a carer’s assessment and that commissioning bodies provide appropriate services to properly address all of their needs. 

Download our position on carers for more information.

Disability benefits

Stroke is one of the biggest causes of disability, meaning many stroke survivors are likely to be entitled to disability benefits. It is important that the benefits system works for stroke survivors, but we know that too often this isn’t the case. Our survey of stroke survivors and carers has highlighted that claiming benefits is a difficult and complicated process.

Download our position on disability benefits for more information.

End of life care

Sadly, stroke continues to be a major cause of death. It is the fourth biggest killer in the UK, with someone dying every thirteen minutes from the condition. That’s why it is important to understand, and deliver, high-quality end of life care for those whose strokes are likely to be fatal.  It’s also important that there is proper support for their families.

Download our position on end of life care for more information.


High blood pressure contributes to around half of all strokes, making it one of the biggest risk factors for stroke. However, evidence shows that taking action to lower blood pressure can significantly reduce the risk it poses to health.

Governments and health systems across the UK must commit to and invest in stroke prevention initiatives to improve the detection, treatment and management of high blood pressure. 

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Prescription charges

Charges for prescription medication were introduced in 1952 to raise additional revenue to fund the NHS. Today, England is the only UK nation without universal free prescriptions. Wales abolished charges in 2007, Northern Ireland in 2010 and Scotland in 2011. As of April 2018 in England, a prescription costs £8.80 per item and according to the Government, prescription charges currently raise around £450 million each year.

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Reorganising acute stroke services

Stroke patients should have access to the best possible treatment and care. That’s why the transformation of stroke services needs to be a key priority at a national and regional level, because of the evidenced benefits that it brings and will bring to stroke patients across the UK.

Download our position on reorganising acute stroke services for more information.

The stroke workforce

Every person who has had a stroke should be cared for by people with the right skills and knowledge to meet their needs across the whole stroke pathway. However, a shortage of appropriately trained staff is leading to shortfalls in care for many stroke patients and stroke survivors. 

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Thrombectomy is an exciting and effective new way of treating strokes caused by a clot. It involves inserting a catheter into an artery to access a clot, usually within five hours of someone having their stroke, which is then mechanically removed. We want all eligible patients to be able to access this game-changing treatment as quickly as possible.

Download our position on thrombectomy for more information.

Using animals in research

Most of the research we support involves people but we need to learn more about stroke. Using animals in research concerns many people but could it help us increase our understanding of stroke? Find out what we think.

Using stem cells in research

Stem cell technology has the potential to improve our knowledge of stroke. It is exciting but also controversial. Here's our take.

Work After Stroke

The effects of a stroke can make it challenging for survivors to return to or remain in employment. However, with the right care, support and advice, many stroke survivors can and do return to work. We want governments and those who commission stroke services across the UK to do more to support people to return to work after a stroke.

Download our position on work after stroke for more information.