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Report back: North West Coast Stroke Training and Education Event

19th June 2017

Stroke_Education_event_pic.pngPatient experiences shared at the recent North West Coast (NWC) Stroke professional development day on 9th June provided powerful and inspiring insights to inform the future care and support of Stroke patients across the region.

This important educational event was organised by the NWC Strategic Clinical Network Stroke Training and Education Group in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and in particular the Stroke Specific Education Framework (SSEF) and the Stroke Association.

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The event brought together a diverse mix of over 90 Stroke clinicians and health care practitioners including Stroke consultants and nurses, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, consultants from clinical psychology, palliative care  and optometry and (NWAS) paramedics.

Delegates learned from local Stroke experts about the very important impact their services have on the Stroke patient’s journey, whether that be the path to recovery or a dignified pain free death.

The event programme was centred on the region’s top ten learning priorities, as identified previously through a Learning Needs Assessment (LNA) carried out by the NWC Stroke training and education group. The LNA was completed by staff involved in the hyper-acute, acute and inpatient therapy part of the stroke pathway, as well as North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) personnel. This group also scoped out and collated the current Stroke training available locally, regionally and nationally, identifying gaps.

Commenting on the powerful impact of the patient experiences shared at the end of the event, Elaine Day, Stroke Programme Lead at the North West Coast SCN, said:

The stroke patient panel at the end of the day proved to be an inspirational, humbling experience with most of the audience going through a range of emotions from laughter to tears.

“The panel was made up of five young stroke champions who took us through their stroke journeys and how, with the help of the Stroke Association and their support groups, they have now become Stroke champions.

“It was an excellent reminder to all present that what they do day in day out is for the greater benefit of all stroke patients and that we can learn from their experiences and make sure we get it right for other stroke patients.”

Elaine added:

We would like to thank all of the organisers, presenters and participants for their contributions to the event’s success. Thanks also to the Stroke Association and UCLan whose Stroke Specific Education Framework staff supported the day by providing information and guidance on stroke education and training – and of course a big thank you to our sponsors: Pfizer, BAYER, Boehringer Ingelheim and Daiicho-Sankyo."

“It was an excellent reminder to all present that what they do day in day out is for the greater benefit of all stroke patients and that we can learn from their experiences and make sure we get it right for other stroke patients.”

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