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Stroke rehabilitation

The SLCSN stroke rehabilitation work stream aims to ensure all stroke and TIA patients will have timely access to appropriate post hospital care as set out in the National Stroke Strategy and the Stroke Strategy for London.

2011 CQC review of stroke services - local analysis reports

These reports summarise the results of the January 2011 CQC review of stroke services, focusing on the Primary Care Trusts in both South East London (SEL) and South West London (SWL). These reviews looked at the pathway of care for patients with stroke (or transient ischaemic attack) and their carers from the point where they prepare to leave hospital through to long term care and support in the community.

South London stroke rehabilitation review

In January 2009, the SLCSN commissioned a comprehensive review of existing stroke rehabilitation services across the South London region. The review informed the Network and provided a baseline against which to measure performance as the Community Rehabilitation and Voluntary Sector Quality Marker standards arising from the Stroke Strategy for London were implemented.

Read the report.

Stroke rehabilitation guideline documents

Pan-London commissioning guide

In conjunction with the Commissioning Support for London and Healthcare for London team, the SLCSN provided input to create a 42-page rehabilitation commissioning guide and competency document.

Read the pan-London stroke rehabilitation guidelines document.

This document concentrates on five areas:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation services
  • Community rehablitiation services
  • Early supported discharge
  • Support structures
  • Defined review

Community rehab and ESD performance requirements

Specification, quality and productivity

Use this customisable Word template to ensure available access to a stroke specialist community rehabilitation team for all as is clinically appropriate.

Download the document.


South East London rehabilitation guidelines

Following the publication of the pan-London rehabilitation document, a group of South East London expert clinicians and commissioners collaborated to create inpatient and community recommendations which are to be used in conjunction with the pan-London document.

These are simple, concise guidelines for best practice rehabilitation services. Focus areas include:

  • Development of services
  • Collaborative working
  • Communication
  • Information sharing

Read the South East London rehabilitation guidelines


South West London early supported discharge service requirements

Early supported discharge (ESD) for up to 50 per cent of patients to a stroke specialist and multi-disciplinary team (which includes social care) in the community, but with a similar level of intensity of care as a stroke unit, can lower overall costs and reduce long-term mortality and institutionalisation rates.

These are targets and definitions agreed upon by the South West London stroke rehabilitation work group.

Read the South West London ESD service requirements

Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in the UK and the largest single cause of severe disability.

--The Department of Health

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Recent stroke publications

Creating Champions across London

Life after stroke: Commissioning guide


Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom.

Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke. It can also be caused by brain injury or tumour.


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