Lady Estelle Wolfson, Dr Lesley Scobbie & Professor Sir Mark Walport

Awardee: Dr Lesley Scobbie, University of Stirling

Award Type: Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Research Title:

Enhancing stroke survivor recovery through effective goal setting in community rehabilitation

Description of research:

Background: Stroke survivors often have very individual hopes for the future, in terms of the goals they would like to achieve. Rehabilitation in the community aims to help stroke survivors meet these personal goals. A Goal setting and Action Planning (G-AP) framework has been developed to help stroke survivors and their community rehabilitation teams to work together to agree on, and work towards, important rehabilitation goals. A G-AP record has been developed for stroke survivors to record their personal goals and plans.

Aims: This research programme aims to (i) understand how stroke survivors can be supported through the process of working towards their personal goals, especially if achieving a goal is proving difficult (ii) develop different versions of the G-AP record to suit stroke survivors individual preferences and abilities (iii) develop a flexible way of using G-AP so as it can be used in the different teams that provide community rehabilitation and (iv) find out if G-AP makes a positive difference to stroke survivors’ recovery and the community rehabilitation they receive.

Methods: A series of different research studies are planned to meet these aims. Stroke survivors and /or rehabilitation staff will be asked their opinion about each study to make sure it fits with what they think is important. Researchers with the right skills will plan and carry out individual studies so as they are completed to the highest standard.

Impacts: Stroke survivors want rehabilitation to help them re-build their lives after stroke. This will be different for each person. My research will support stroke survivors and rehabilitation staff to work together to set and work towards goals that will help with this re-building process, and how to manage if this is proving difficult. This will help stroke survivors achieve the best possible recovery following their stroke.