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.
We’re absolutely delighted with this news which is a direct result of all of our hard work campaigning for A New Era for Stroke. And we couldn’t have done it without you and our partners.
NHS England and the Stroke Association are working on the final phase of the new national plan for stroke in England, in partnership with others from across the health and care system. Through taking a system-wide look across the whole stroke pathway, the NHS will deliver better treatment and care for those affected by stroke.
Over the past 18 months we have worked together to gather over 55,000 petition signatures, raise questions in Parliament, gain media coverage and develop a statement endorsed by 19 clinical organisations.
This is a huge step forward for our campaign, but there is still more we need to do. We now need to ensure this plan covers the issues important for stroke survivors and that it will be developed and implemented.
We want to thank each and every single one of you who have helped us during the campaign whether it be signing our petition that gained over 55,000 signatures or contacting your local MP.
Why we need A New Era for Stroke
Our stroke survey revealed that 45% of stroke survivors feel abandoned when they leave hospital because they aren’t getting the help and support they need.
Nearly half of stroke survivors weren’t contacted at all after leaving hospital and 30% of those surveyed rated the care they received at home as poor or very poor.
Read our A New Era for Stroke report to find out more about why a new national stroke strategy is still needed.
Support from clinical leaders in stroke
On 14 November 2016 clinical leaders in stroke put out a statement in support of a renewed national focus on stroke which covered the need for new treatments, improved post-acute care and prevention. This is cosigned by 19 clinical bodies right across the stroke care pathway and demonstrates the need for a new national plan for stroke following the end of the national stroke strategy.