Stroke Association Commends Work of Stroke Research Group
Posted on 10/01/2013
In the Stroke Association’s recent report (December 2012), “Saving Lives: 20 years of investing in vital stroke research”, the work of the Division’s Stroke Research Group headed up by Prof Charles Wolfe and Prof Tony Rudd has been highlighted as making an important contribution to National Service Frameworks and to the Stroke Strategy. In particular, research sponsored by the Stroke Association into Early Supported Discharge (ESD) has led to the mean hospital stay for stroke patients decreasing from 32 to 20 days, freeing up hospital beds and reducing costs to the NHS and has “profoundly changed the way stroke survivors are treated in the UK”, according to the report. Prof Wolfe commented that this early trial (the first and largest study of its type) was “an important milestone in service provision for older people and stroke patients”.
Within the Stroke Association’s report, reference is also made to the success of the Association’s Clinical Fellowship scheme designed to train stroke specialists. Dr Ajay Bhalla (Consultant Stroke Physician at St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals and member of the Stroke Research Group) is one of four Fellows accorded special mention for his involvement with the South East Stroke Research Network.
The full report can be accessed as follows: http://www.stroke.org.uk/research/20-years-of-research