Stroke Network 2008-2011

Stroke Network 2008-2011

The Stroke Peer Support Network started in 2008 and until 2011 concentrated on a mixture of policy work and a small programme of 1 to 1 peer support.

Between 2005 - 2008 stroke services in Lambeth and Southwark improved greatly through the Stroke Modernisation Initiative (SMI), a major programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. This included clinical and therapy services in hospitals and for people going home, information for users and carers and training of GPs, health and social care staff. The SMI involved users and carers in all aspects of this work.
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With the programme coming to an end in March 2008 it was vital that this innovative approach to user involvement was not lost. DASL worked closely with colleagues from health and social services in the two boroughs and secured funding to build an inclusive and active Stroke User Involvement Network for Lambeth and Southwark.

Although the project which DASL coordinated did not achieve all its original objectives in the work it did between 2008-2011, a number of significant pieces of work and other activity took place including:

• Establishment of a Network membership of over 250 people with stroke
• Organisation of a well – attended launch event in February 2009
• Regular meetings of a Peer Support Advisory Group
• Involvement in consultations on national, London, and local stroke services
• Undertaking a user-led review of Lambeth’s Early Supported Discharge service

Network Launch Event 13th February 2009

The launch event for the Network on Friday 13th February 2009 at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in Waterloo was a great success with over 100 people living with stroke, carers and representatives of a wide range of service providers attending.

Here is the report on the day Stroke_Network_Launch_Feb2009_report_final_draft.pdf

Those present enjoyed a mix of speakers, lively discussion groups, displays, information stalls and music. Here are some pictures of the event in full swing.

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