This week marks the 8th national community stroke call, in which regions across England discuss provision of community rehabilitation to stroke survivors during the pandemic. I feel very honoured to chair the call each week and have been impressed by the commitment and tenacity shown by staff across the country. Peer support has been strong, with regions sharing experiences, standard operating procedures, offering webinar training and promoting innovation. Learning and sharing has also cascaded within regions with regular regional community stroke team meetings initiated to share innovation and tackle challenges. There is a much needed focus on stroke rehabilitation and long term care for stroke survivors, at a time when it is needed most. I am delighted that we benefit from the engagement and unwavering support from the National Clinical Director of Stroke, Dr Deborah Lowe.
This community stroke hub has been designed to support staff with providing community based stroke rehabilitation during these challenging times. I would like to thank all the people who are working on this with me, and in particular Kelly, who has done an amazing job building this website.
Rebecca Fisher, 2 June 2020, Stroke Association Senior Lecturer, University of Nottingham & Rehabilitation and Life after Stroke Workstream lead, National Stroke Programme
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