WCC to commission new support service for stroke survivors and their carers

Published Monday, 8th August 2016

Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with the Stroke Association to commission a new support service for people who have suffered strokes, their families and carers.

Each year around 152,000 people in the UK have a stroke and approximately 53,000 people die as a result of stroke. Half of all stroke survivors are left with long-term disability, living with a range of physical, communication, cognitive and psychological issues.

Approximately 1100 people will have a new stroke each year in Worcestershire.  Of these, approximately 870 people might expect to leave hospital with a disability of some sort, ranging from mild to very severe.

The purpose of this service is to provide information, emotional support and practical advice to stroke survivors, their families and carers, to enable people to make the best possible recovery and live their life to the full following a stroke.

All stroke survivors will receive a comprehensive, holistic assessment to identify both their needs and the needs of their family and/or carer.  The Service will then work with the survivor to develop a recovery plan with clear, realistic goals, signposting them to other services where required.

The Communication Support element of the Service, which will be funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will provide flexible and longer term support to adults and their carers whose communication is affected by stroke.  The service will work in a range of environments to assist people to re-engage and participate and to maximise both their communication skills and their emotional recovery by overcoming barriers to successful communication.

Sarah Adderley, Deputy Head of Operations at the Stroke Association, said: “We believe in life after stroke and this service gives us the opportunity to work with stroke survivors and their families, providing invaluable specialist support in the community.  We are really looking forward to working with Worcestershire Integrated Carers Hub and other organisations, finding innovative ways to provide the essential support that people need to make the best recovery.”

Chris Emerson, Director of Commissioning for the three CCGs in Worcestershire said: "The three Worcestershire CCGs are delighted that the joint work with WCC has led to the commissioning of a new support service for stroke survivors.  This service compliments the work undertaken to improve stroke services in Worcestershire ensuring that stroke survivors have the optimum opportunity to recover from their illness."

Cllr John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Well-being said: "Suffering a stroke can be devastating, with many of those fortunate enough to survive often having to live with a long-term disability. This new support service we are commissioning will help stroke survivors make the best possible recovery and minimise their risk of further health problems."

Cllr Sheila Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: "Stroke changes lives in seconds. The victims of stroke and their families will not be prepared for what is to follow. We are delighted to be involved in commissioning this service that will offer practical and emotional support for stroke survivors and their family and carers.

"The holistic assessments and recovery plans will ensure a person receives the physical care they need, and the communication and other emotional support aspects of the service will help them to remain engaged and connected with their community and their loved ones."

For further information or advice please contact 01527 903716 or email worcestershire@stroke.org.uk