National Clinical Director appointment for Stroke Professor
Posted on 07/06/2013
Professor Tony Rudd, Professor of Stroke Medicine at King’s College London and consultant stroke physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed the NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Stroke.
In this role he will be involved in making national decisions and developing policies for the care of people who have suffered a stroke, ensuring patients get the best possible care following a stroke.
Professor Rudd said: “I’m really looking forward to being involved in improving stroke care across the country. I want to ensure that patients receive the best possible care so that they can live long and healthy lives despite the effects of a stroke.”
As part of the Stroke Research Group at King’s, Professor Rudd is conducting research on stroke epidemiology, the natural history of stroke complications, early supported discharge and quality improvement in stroke. In June 2012, at the equivalent medical version of the Oscars, Professor Rudd won a major BMJ Award for Improvement in Patient Safety in connection with a new model for acute stroke services. It is estimated that the new care model will help save up to 400 lives a year.
Professor Rudd is also the London Clinical Director for stroke, leads the stroke programme at the Royal College of Physicians, is vice chairman of the Stroke Association, and was a member of the group that developed the national stroke strategy at the Department of Health in 2007.
St Thomas’ Hospital is home to an acute stroke unit which helps adult patients recover from a stroke after they have received emergency care. On the unit, patients are treated by a wide range of staff including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, doctors and nurses. The Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ offers the only children’s stroke rehabilitation service in the country.
Professor Tony Rudd
Stroke Research Team at King's