Stroke statistics make case for rehab ‘ever more urgent’, says CSP

The average age of people in England who have a stroke for the first time has fallen over the past decade, new figures show.

The NHS Act FAST campaign used Public Health England data to highlight that the numbers dropped from 71 to 68 for men, and 75 to 73 for women between 2007 and 2016.

Responding to the figures, Prof Karen Middleton, chief executive of the CSP, said:

‘More lives than ever are being saved, which is very welcome news, but it is critical that we do not then waste those lives after stroke.

‘Two-thirds of people leave hospital with a disability and 45% of people who leave hospital after having had a stroke feel abandoned when they cannot access high quality rehabilitation services.

‘We must do more for those people to ensure no-one misses out, and with the average age of stroke survivors falling, the case is ever more urgent.

‘We cannot have people losing 20 years or more of their working lives for entirely avoidable reasons.

‘Rehabilitation gives people back their independence and helps them get back into work and it must be available to all who need it.’

Nottingham physiotherapist and stroke survivor, Rob Goodwin, was featured in coverage of the statistics by the BBC.

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1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 57,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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