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Clinical networks are effective, work in patients' interests, and shouldn't be disbanded
Prof Sir Roger Boyle director, National Centre for Cardiovascular Prevention and Outcomes, University College London, and former national director for Heart Disease and Stroke, discusses the work of managed clinical networks and states how significant improvements in care would not have occurred without them. Writing for the BMJ, he expresses his views that clinical networks are 'casualties of the latest, disastrous reforms', to be replaced by 'generic clinical senates' which will 'hugely dilute the essential focus on major killing conditions'.
South London Healthcare NHS Trust consultation on draft recommendations
Draft recommendations to resolve the financial problems at South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) were delivered to the Secretary of State for Health on Monday 29 October 2012. The recommendations have been developed by the Trust Special Administrator for SLHT, Matthew Kershaw, and a team of senior doctors, clinicians, health experts and advisors. The period for consultation on the recommendations began on Friday 2 November 2012, and ends on Thursday 13 December 2012.
Latest Stroke-news published
The October 2012 issue of the Stroke-news is now available!
SLCSN annual report 2011/12 - A clear vision
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the Network's activities across the cardiovascular and stroke pathways during the last year. Throughout the many structural and policy changes we have faced across the health care system, the Network has maintained a steadfast, clear view: continuous improvement in the quality of care for patients.
Latest patient and public newsletter
The latest issue of our patient and public newsletter is now available. This issue includes an update on the London Cardiovascular Project as it draws to a close, information on the development of the national CVD Outcomes Strategy and news from around the network.
Read the July 2012 patient newsletter
Defining the future of clinical networks at NHS Confederation
At the 2012 NHS Confederation conference held 20-22 June, Prof Malcolm Grant, Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board, confirmed that clinical networks will not be disrupted, but rather serve as a model for the future.
London's NHS wins award for stroke services
The NHS in London picked up the Improvement in Patient Safety Award for improving acute stroke services in the capital at this year's BMJ Group Improving Health Awards 2012.
Quarter 4 SINAP results released
The Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP) is a clinical audit, which collects information from hospitals about the care provided to stroke patients for the first three days they spend in hospital.
Read the overview for South London sites
Stroke Association report highlights need for better support, coordination for stroke survivors
A new report released today from The Stroke Association calls for improved support and increased coordination of health and social care services for UK stroke survivors and their families in order that they have better long term outcomes following a stroke.
Read the full story from the Network
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SLCSN are sipping for stroke
Staff and stakeholders will be joining us on 19th April for tea and cake and help us raise money to help people affected by stroke. We will also be selling home-made cakes to take away.
How fundraising can help The Stroke Association:
- £5 helps to provide 15 people with crucial stroke leaflets.
- £10 can purchase specially designed large-handled cutlery for use by people after stroke.
- £20 keeps The Stroke Association's National Stroke Helpline open for open hour for advice to a single caller coping with a stroke.
- £50 could contribute to the cost of basic lab equipment to support researchers in vital work to better understand the causes and treatment of stroke.
For more information about the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network's Sip for Stroke event please contact Holly Guy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 812 5950.
SLCSN patient and public newsletter
The latest issue of our patient and public newsletter is now available. This issue includes a moving account from a stroke survivor, news from around the network, update on patient experience, upcoming events and more.
Read the March 2012 patient newsletter
Latest Stroke-news published
The March 2012 issue of the Stroke-news is now available! With a new look, this edition includes a letter from Professor Tony Rudd, stroke clinical director, a video from stroke survivor, Matt Lopez, about his experience in the London moden and updates from the London Stroke Networks.
The latest issue of our patient and public newsletter is now available. This issue includes information on staying healthy in winter, understanding patient experience of London's stroke services, stroke and cardiac news, upcoming events and more.
SLCSN offers AF education events
The SLCSN, in partnership with the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) and All Round Health, are pleased to offer free interactive evening education sessions All about...atrial fibrillation (AF).
These four January 2012 sessions were developed and will be delivered by local speakers.
Latest Stroke-news published
The October 2011 issue of the Stroke-news is now available! This edition includes a letter from Professor Tony Rudd, stroke clinical director, healthcare news, upcoming events, updates from the London Stroke Networks and more.
SLCSN patient and public newsletter
The latest issue of our patient and public newsletter is now available. This issue includes information on our recently published annual report, stroke and cardiac news, update on NHS reforms, upcoming events and more.
SLCSN annual report 2010/11 published
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the Network's activities across the cardiac and stroke pathways during the last year, highlighting our commitment to, and many successes, in driving improvements towards consistent high-quality care, with the best possible outcomes for patients, across South London.
London Cardiovascular Project update
The London Cardiovascular (LCV) Project aims to improve treatment, care andoutcomes for complex and emergency cardiovascular patients. The London Cardiac Networks were directed by NHS London to support local implementation across thecapital with oversight from the Pan-London Cardiac and Stroke Network Board. Full implementation is to be completed by March 2012.
Clinical leadership: Creating value in South London cardiac rehabilitation services
The South London and Cardiac and Stroke Network (SLCSN) and its partner organisation, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust (SGH), presented on the value of clinical leadership and the advances that had been made in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) services in South London at a national event on 4th July 2011.
View the presentations on the NHS Heart Improvement Programme website
Latest Stroke-news published
The June 2011 issue of the Stroke-news is now available! This edition includes a letter from Professor Tony Rudd, stroke clinical director, central healthcare and data updates, patient accounts from stroke survivors, updates from the London Stroke Networks and news and events.
Latest SLCSN patient and public news published
The June 2011 issue of the SLCSN's patient and public newsletter is now available! This issue includes an update on the London Cardiovascular Project, stroke and cardiac news, upcoming events and more.
SLCSN calls for GP pulse checks and heart rhythm awareness
The South London and Cardiac and Stroke Network (SLCSN) are partnering with the Arrhythmia Alliance to highlight the need for simple GP pulse checks to detect severe heart rhythm disorders. Heart Rhythm Awareness Week runs 6-12 June.
South London Healthcare Trust opens HASU
South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) opened its Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) on 18th May after passing the first round of performance standards. The SLCSN played a pivotal role in supporting the stroke team of the Trust in preparation of the opening. The Network will continue to support them through future assessments on the path towards HASU accreditation.
Read the latest Stroke-news, including a letter from Prof Tony Rudd, stroke clinical director, case studies, collaboration across London, updates from the pan-London Stroke Networks and more!
SLCSN publishes patient and public news
The March 2011 issue of the SLCSN's patient and public newsletter is now available! This edition includes updates on the London Cardiovascular Project, stroke and cardiac news, upcoming events and more.
SLCSN supports the British Heart Foundation
Staff members at the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network have helped to save lives in February - National Heart Month - by raising money to support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Red for Heart campaign.
Read the January 2011 Stroke-news, including a letter from Prof Tony Rudd, stroke clinical director, case studies, collaboration across London, updates from pan-London Stroke Networks and more!
Creating communications Champions across London
A follow up lessons learned / mentoring meeting was recently held for the Champions in the Communications Access project, a joint venture between the SLCSN, the North East London Cardiac and Stroke Network and Connect - the communication disability network.
'Super-stroke' units save 400 patients
London Evening Standard reports that Hyper Acute Stroke Units in London are being credited with saving up to 400 lives a year as well as reducing the lasting disabilities that affect thousands more
New guidance released: Commissioning life after stroke services
London's Primary Care Trusts, social services and voluntary organisations have come together to launch Commissioning Life After Stroke Services, a guide by Commissioning Support for London. The guide, for the first time, gives a road-map detailing how charities and community sector organisations can work together with public sector partners to fight stroke in a coordinated and strategic way.
Communications Champions Trained
Approximately 25 Communications Champions have been trained through a joint project between the North East and South London Cardiac and Stroke Networks and Connect - the communication disability network. The session provided information on how to make healthcare services accessible to those with communication disabilities, such as stroke survivors with aphasia.
Champions also gained the skills, techniques and resources to cascade their knowledge at least three times to their colleagues. Read more
London Hospitals Top in Stroke Care
The National Sentinal Stroke Audit has released data showing five London Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASUs) are amongst the top seven sites in the country. All eight London HASUs are ranked in the top quartile of national performance. Read more
Network Director featured in NHSIL annual report
Lucy Grothier, Director of SLCSN, was recently featured in the NHS Innovations London (NHSIL) annual report. In the article Heart attacks: Predicting the unpredictable, Lucy explains the difficulties of predicting heart attacks and describes technologies that are currently available to aid clinicians. Read more
South London Physio's Role in 'Medical Miracle'
The story of Graham Miles's 17 year recovery from 'locked-in' syndrome was recently heralded in the media as a 'medical miracle'. Mr Miles, however, gives most credit to the physio sessions he received at Mayday Hopital. Read more
Communication Access Project
The SLCSN has commissioned an exciting new Communication Access Project with Connect - the communication disability network. This project aims to improve communication access to services that work with stroke survivors who have communication difficulties. Read more
Input Required: Proposed Cardiovascular Models of Care
Commissioning Support for London (CSL) has published its proposed model of care for future cardiovascular service provision in London. The work focuses on three key areas: vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and cardiology. Read more and get involved
Anticoagulation Patient Advisory Panel
The SLCSN is recruiting members to our new patient advisory panel. The group will work to develop clear patient information materials and to better understand how anticoagulant therapies can affect lifestyle. Read more and register
Nursing Times Highlights SLCSN Cardiac Project
A nurse-led service for patients having cardiac surgery - a joint project between SLCSN and St George's Hospital - has helped slash the number of cancelled operations and length of hospital stays. Read more