The work of staff at our Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Barnsley is being highlighted as best practice by the Royal College of Physicians.
The Royal College is responsible for the monitoring of stroke services nationally. Each year it publishes The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), a report containing stroke data for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as highlighting good work and areas were improvement is needed. The SSNAP is consistently one of the Royal College’s most popular publications per year, with over 100,000 downloads of last year’s report. This year’s report will be launched at the UK Stroke Forum in November and features the Barnsley stroke service as a positive case study.
The service is delivered from Kendray Hospital and is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists and ancillary staff who provide high quality rehabilitation for stroke patients. Once patients have been discharged they receive regular individual follow up. The first review takes place at 6 weeks following hospital discharge and is provided in the patient’s home by stroke co-ordinators. Patients are then reviewed by either the medical or nurse consultant in the outpatient clinic and a final review is performed in the patient’s home at 6 months by district nursing colleagues. The Barnsley service was the regional pioneer of this model of follow-up and has previously been recognised by the Royal College as providing an excellent service model for patients.
Dr Augustin Iqbal, Clinical Lead for Stroke Services said “We’re delighted that the Royal College is showcasing our work to colleagues nationally. We aim to live the Trust’s values of being outstanding and helping people reach their potential and live well in their community. The team works tirelessly to ensure the service delivered to patients is of the highest standard and it’s great to get this kind of recognition.”