We’re pleased to announce that we’re working with NHS England, and other partners, to try and develop a national plan for stroke in England.

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. 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.

Thanks to your hard work, we are now working with NHS England’s Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, and key arm’s length bodies in health and social care to try to develop a national plan for stroke in England. We want the plan to build on the successes of the current National Stroke Strategy, which ends this year. But we also want the new plan to tackle the big issues in stroke treatment and care which stroke survivors and clinicians tell us need to be sorted out.

NHS England has given us a leading role in trying to develop the new national plan and will help us write the plan. We’ve already set up a working group, chaired by Professor Tony Rudd, the National Clinical Director for Stroke that includes experts from across the stroke pathway, a stroke survivor representing a project-specific stroke survivor, and carer reference group. 

This is a huge step forward for our campaign, but there's 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. 

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