Greater Manchester Lancs & South Cumbria Senate

Elaine Day shortlisted for Life After Stroke Award

26th July 2018

Elaine_Day_crop.jpgWe are very excited to share the news that Elaine Day, our Stroke Programme Lead, has been nominated and shortlisted for a Life After Stroke Award. Elaine has been shortlisted in the Professional Excellence Awards Category which recognises exceptional service in the provision of stroke care and prevention.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and you can cast your vote during August via the Stroke Association’s website.

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Elaine and her achievements

Those of you who know or have worked with Elaine, will be well aware of her great commitment, dedication and the difference she has made to improving services for stroke survivors and their families.

Dr Debbie Lowe, Stroke Clinical Lead at the North West Coast SCN, who nominated Elaine for the award, praised Elaine’s many achievements, in particular her achievements at the SCN over the past 10 years:

“She is like nobody else that I have ever worked with in terms of her passion, drive, dedication and work ethic, all challenged into ways of delivering better services for stroke survivors.”

Elaine was instrumental in the development of a regional telemedicine thrombolysis service for Lancashire and Cumbria which enabled people in rural locations to receive thrombolysis. She has worked tirelessly with providers, commissioning groups, third sector and service users to look at delivering improved stroke services in Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Merseyside. If they needed any support, she would always be the first port of call, supporting and guiding them through stroke reconfigurations.

She is deeply committed to addressing the inequities of access to stroke care based on social deprivation and rurality, and understands the challenges, increased stroke risk and burden to the community.

“It is my honour to have worked so closely with Elaine - she has been an inspiration. All stroke services need an Elaine Day."

Elaine has written a ‘case for change’ paper to support the delivery of the stroke pathway across Cheshire and Merseyside. She has led on several stroke summits and options appraisals to look at the entire stroke pathway, including gold standard guidance for early supported discharge services. She has been involved in developing dysphagia online e-learning and has also developed an atrial fibrillation stroke prevention commissioning tool kit that is well used.

Elaine understands the importance of involving stroke survivors and their carers in any service redesign. She has organised many conferences to allow stroke professionals and stroke survivors to work together around pathways and, most importantly, improve education and access to resources to improve outcomes.

Dr Lowe said:

“It is my honour to have worked so closely with Elaine - she has been an inspiration. I have worked with Elaine for the past five years and been astonished by her selfless focus and commitment. She has driven vast improvements in stroke services in the North West and is a force to be reckoned with. All stroke services need an Elaine Day.”

The Life After Stroke Awards ceremony will take place on the 21 November at The Landmark Hotel in London.

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