Your say for stroke

The Stroke Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) worked with over 1,400 people affected by stroke and health and care professionals in stroke. The Stroke PSP guides stroke research into the future by finding the most important questions for research to answer.  

Research can help save and rebuild lives after stroke by driving improvements in treatment and care. The priority areas established in the Stroke PSP can inform research so it can answer the questions that will make the biggest difference to peoples’ lives. 

There are two lists of top 10 questions for future research in: 

  • Stroke rehabilitation and long-term care.

This includes research to improve care for mental and emotional problems after stroke, stroke services in the community and understanding of the long-term impacts of stroke on everyday life. 

  • Stroke prevention, diagnosis, pre-hospital and hospital care.

This includes research to stop stroke happening for the first time, treat stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, and reduce complications of a stroke. 

In June, a report will announce the results of the Stroke PSP.  

Please visit the website in June, or sign up to our mailing list by emailing saying ‘I want to sign up to the Stroke Priority Setting Partnership mailing list'.


Our vision is for there to be fewer strokes, and for people affected by stroke to get the help they need to live the best life they can. Our Research Strategy for 2019-24 will work towards this through:

  • Partnerships to increase funding for stroke research.
  • Giving those affected by stroke a louder voice in stroke research.

These align with Goal 2 of our Research Strategy.

To help us achieve these aims, we’re working with a process that has been developed by The James Lind Alliance (JLA), a non-profit making initiative established in 2004. The JLA brings people affected by particular conditions, the people who care for them, and health and social care professionals together to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions that they agree are the most important. 

Using the JLA process, therefore, means that research priorities that are developed are important to the people most affected. This is different from the traditional approach where research priorities are decided by academics and the pharmaceutical industry, which has been shown to address issues that are not as important to the people most affected.  

This process is known as a Priority Setting Partnership.

Watch this short video to learn more

Why have we started a Priority Setting Partnership for Stroke?

So that we can make sure that future research can answer questions that are important to people affected by stroke, and the professionals who work with them.

Our Partners

We're working with stroke survivors and the people who care for them (i.e. family and close friends), representatives of different healthcare professions, and charities whose members are affected by stroke.

They will help to:
  • Guide decisions for the Priority Setting Partnership in stroke.
  • Make sure that we reach as many people affected by stroke, and health and social care professionals as possible.

You can see some of our partners below. 

If you’d like to know more about becoming a partner, please contact

If you are a partner, you can download the PSP A5 flyer and PSP A4 poster. If you have any questions, please contact

What were our first steps?

We held a meeting in July 2019 with a number of people and organisations that might be interested in getting involved. As a result, we set up a Steering Group, and are inviting partners. The Steering Group makes decisions, for example, about who to involve and how. As opportunities to get involved are developed, we'll include them on these pages. 

We’ve also set up the Stroke Association Staff Panel so that our staff and volunteers know about the Priority Setting Partnership and we can make the most of their experience and knowledge on stroke.

What does the process involve?

You can read about the Priority Setting Partnership process for more information.

You can also find out more in this animation.

How can I contribute?

If you have had a stroke, support someone that has as a family member or close friend, or are a health or social care professional working with people affected by stroke, then you might:

  • Tell us the questions or issues that you think future research should answer.
  • Tell other people about the opportunity to get involved.
  • Look at a list of questions and tell us which are most important to you.
  • Come to a workshop to discuss the top 25 or 30 questions.

As soon as each opportunity is open, we will update this page and, if you have signed up to our email list, we will let you know.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to receive information about the partnership as it develops, please send an email to