Surveying stroke care

Steve Benveniste, campaigns officer for The Stroke Association, says post-hospital care for stroke patients is still lacking

Physiotherapy for stroke survivors is vital.

When people survive a stroke they will often suffer a severe loss of movement, balance, and posture.

Thankfully, the access to physiotherapy in hospitals has continued to improve over the last few years, and is now better than ever.

However, physiotherapy is just as important after hospital, for continued improvement in patients’ mobility and eventual independence. This is where the care is not always readily available.

Last year the Stroke Association, in collaboration with the CSP, published a report which outlined the limitations.

It found that 21 per cent of the stroke survivors surveyed who felt they needed community-based physiotherapy did not receive it on the NHS.

Also, 83 per cent of physiotherapy staff felt that the process of transfer of care for stroke survivors could be improved.

This report called for community-based physiotherapy to be available on the NHS for all stroke survivors who need it.

Despite the progress made, there are still problems with post-hospital care.

The Care Quality Commission reported this year that 32 per cent of NHS primary care trusts did not commission specialist stroke physiotherapy in the community across the whole of their area.

We want to look into the issue again and are launching the ‘Daily Life survey’.

This encourages stroke survivors to tell us where they live, the daily challenges they face, the support they receive at home and whether that support meets their needs.

From the results we will be creating a report which will make recommendations for improving the support and care of stroke survivors.

We need to get results from as many people as possible before the survey closes in early December. If you know stroke survivors who have had positive or negative experiences through NHS or private care, please encourage those individuals to take part.

To fill out the survey online, or for more information, visit The Stroke Association’s website at  

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