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England
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Wales
Cymru
Scotland

Our services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are funded by the NHS or social services (so free to you) and therefore may differ depending on where you live. Please note that in Scotland, our approach is different. There, we work in partnership with other organisations to develop services that meet the needs of local communities. 

To find out if any of our services are available in your area, you can use our search tool or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100. 

Our services may include:

Stroke Recovery Service

Our Stroke Recovery Service provides tailored support from hospital to home via a designated coordinator, who will address the long-term practical, emotional and physical needs of stroke survivors, their families and carers.

Communication Support Service

Our Communication Support service helps those who have aphasia, a language disorder which can affect speech, comprehension, reading and writing skills. Our coordinators and volunteers work with stroke survivors to relearn new skills of communication and rebuild lost confidence.

Emotional Support Service

Our Emotional Support service provides specialist help to those affected by stroke as they come to terms with what has happened to them. The service also offers peer support sessions run by a trained volunteer and supported by our coordinators.

Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation

Our Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service is delivered by specialist instructors. Stroke survivors can benefit from a 12-week programme of exercise and education sessions, to reduce their risk of secondary stroke and improve their levels of physical fitness and function.

Post-Stroke Review

Our Post-Stroke Review service is carried out by a trained coordinator with extensive knowledge of stroke. It provides a stroke survivor with dedicated time to review their holistic needs and signpost to relevant services and advice.

Caring and You programme

Our Caring and You programme provides carers with support to help them improve their skills and knowledge of caring. The service provides a five-week face-to-face support and education programme to help reduce the emotional and physical challenges of being a stroke survivor's carer.

Digital Stroke Support Service

Our Digital Stroke Support service is available to stroke survivors, their family or friends who are digitally excluded to help them engage with My Stroke Guide and healthcare technology in general. This service will help digital novices to build motivation and confidence in using the internet.

To find out if any of our services are available in your area, you can use our search tool or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100.

England

In England, more than 100,000 people a year have a stroke. The care of stroke survivors, from diagnosis and initial management to rehabilitation and long-term management, is governed by the Department of Health's ten-year National Stroke Strategy for England, which sets out a framework for delivering effective stroke services.

NHS England has agreed to work with us to seek to develop a national plan for stroke to build on the successes of the National Stroke Strategy. Read about our A New Era for Stroke campaign.

Social care is funded by local authorities, with care offered according to eligibility criteria. To enable more stroke survivors to make better recoveries, we want to help health and social care work more closely together for the benefit of all stroke survivors, no matter what the survivor's age or how long ago they had a stroke.

What can stroke survivors expect?

The National Stroke Strategy included several quality markers for the care and support of people after a stroke:

  • stroke-specialised rehabilitation in hospital, immediately after transfer to home or care home, and for as long as it continues to be of benefit
  • people with very severe stroke who are not expected to recover should receive active end of life care from an appropriately skilled workforce, whether in hospital or in the community
  • after stroke, people should be offered a review of their health, social care and secondary stroke prevention needs, typically within six weeks of leaving hospital, before six months have passed and then annually. This will ensure it is possible to access further advice, information and rehabilitation where needed.

In 2010, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) produced quality standards that focus on the clinical aspects of stroke care. These include:

  • all patients after stroke are screened within six weeks of diagnosis to identify mood disturbance and cognitive impairment
  • all patients discharged from hospital who have residual stroke-related problems are followed up within 72 hours by specialist stroke rehabilitation services for assessment and ongoing management
  • carers of patients with stroke are provided with a named point of contact for stroke information, written information about the patient's diagnosis and management plan, and sufficient practical training to enable them to provide care.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, around 4,000 people every year have a stroke, while around 36,000 people are living with the long term effects of stroke. We provide services in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland.

Our Stroke Recovery Service is a flexible and tailored service designed to support stroke survivors, their families and carers with recovery after a stroke.  

Our Communication Plus Programmes has been specially designed for stroke survivors who have developed a communication disability as a result of a stroke. These programmes are professionally led by qualified Speech and Language Therapists and take place within a group environment. The programme helps stroke survivors learn new ways to communicate and gain confidence. The programme is available to recent stroke survivors as well as those further along in their recovery.

We also have a network of groups in Northern Ireland providing long term support, activities and peer support to help stroke survivors make the best recovery possible.

We also provide Life After Stroke grants, information and signposting to other organisations who can help with matters such as access to benefits, emotional support and help for carers. 

Wales

In Wales, around 7,000 people every year have a stroke, while nearly 65,000 people are living with the long term effects of stroke.

Our Stroke Recovery Service is a flexible and tailored service designed to support stroke survivors, their families and carers with recovery after a stroke.

Find support services and social groups for people affected by stroke in your area using our postcode search facility. 

Cymru

Yng Nghymru mae tua 7,000 o bobl bob blwyddyn yn cael strôc, tra bod bron i 65,000 o bobl yn byw gydag effeithiau tymor hir stôc.

Mae ein Gwasanaeth Gwella ar ôl Strôc yn wasanaeth hyblyg ac wedi ei deilwra, wedi ei gynllunio i roi cymorth i’r rhai sydd wedi goroesi strôc, eu teuluoedd a’u gofalwyr gyda’r broses o wella ar ôl strôc. 

Gallwch ddod o hyd i wasanaethau cefnogi a grwpiau cymdeithasol  ar gyfer pobl sydd wedi eu heffeithio gan strôc yn eich ardal chi gan ddefnyddio ein gwasanaeth chwilio drwy god post. 

Scotland

Stroke is the third most common killer in Scotland and the leading cause of disability. We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we support stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can. It’s why we campaign for better stroke care and why we fund research into finding new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.

  • We work with stroke ambassadors and volunteers to help raise awareness of what a stroke is and what to do in the event of a stroke.
  • We carry out blood pressure testing as part of our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign to help prevent strokes.
  • We support people who have had a stroke through our stroke support groupsLife After Stroke Grants and My Stroke Guide.
  • We fund research into stroke prevention and Life After Stroke.
  • We campaign for better stroke care and treatment. 
  • We have a fundraising team who work hard to ensure all money raised in Scotland stays in Scotland, to help us support those affected by stroke. We have lots of fun opportunities for you to get involved in and raise money for us or you can plan your own event and we’ll be there to help you make it a great success.

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