Improving Stroke Unit Quality

In 2007 the Department of Health published the National Stroke Strategy that set out the gold standard for stroke care. CLAHRC for South Yorkshire has worked with stroke survivors, hospital staff, relatives and carers to identify aspects of stroke unit care that still need or would benefit from improvement.

Phase 1
Interviews and focus groups were carried out with patients, carers and staff from across South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. In total 59 stroke survivors and carers took part in interviews to find out about their experiences of receiving care after a stroke. Interviews and focus groups were carried out with 66 members of staff working on stroke units in South Yorkshire, including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. We asked staff what they thought they did well, and where they thought they could do better.

We found that many staff were very proud of the service they provided and many patients and carers praised the good quality care they received. Interviewees also identified priorities for improvement, including:

  • Stroke being treated as a medical emergency at all times, including evenings and weekends
  • More comprehensive education to raise awareness about the signs of stroke
  • Improved communication between staff and patients, and staff with other staff
  • Improved psychological support
  • More rehabilitation to meet individual needs
  • More stroke-specific community services to enable timely discharge
  • More support for carers from staff

You can download the full briefing paper by clicking on the link on the right

Phase 2
In the second phase of the project we are working with teams of staff using a range of knowledge transfer activities to assist in the development of services in line with the patient, carer and staff priorities. The priorities the teams have chosen to address are communication and the provision of group therapy. 

For further information please contact:

Madeleine Harrison

Tel: 0114 222 5424

Click here to download the full Stroke briefing paper in .pdf format                                                 Click here to download National Stroke Strategy in .pdf format