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London stroke model receives top award

2 December 2010

Less than a year after stroke services were centralised into eight specialist units across the capital, the NHS in London received the 2010 Health Service Journal (HSJ) award for Clinical Service Redesign. This award acknowledges the successful transformation of the capital's stroke services, which are now rated as the best in the country, according to the National Sentinel Audit.

The Prof Tony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke (pictured centre) directors of the pan-London networks, Hilary Walker (North West and North Central London, pictured left), Janet Lailey (North East London) and Lucy Grothier (South London, comprising both South East and South West London, pictured right) were all in attendance to celebrate this great achievement at the award ceremony on 29th November.

The judges considered the London stroke model an excellent demonstration of clinical service redesign leading to better patient outcomes. 'What has set this work apart', they said, 'is the transformational shift in quality achieved across a whole health system. The level of engagement and actual change is enormous. The clear focus on improving quality has helped teams implement and deliver high quality stroke services in a very short time frame.'

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