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Evaluating innovations to stroke care: major grant extends study

Posted on 22/03/2013

Research to evaluate the reorganisation of NHS stroke services has been extended, following a £400K grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

A team of researchers led by Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL) has been evaluating major changes to stroke services in London and Greater Manchester during recent years. Their aim is to identify which of the two new models has delivered the best clinical and most cost-effective improvements. The team includes Dr Christopher McKevitt, Professor Anthony Rudd and Professor Charles Wolfe from King’s College London, and investigators from UCL and The University of Manchester.

The project was commissioned by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Programme in September 2011, with funding of £494,161. Additional funds of £397,886 have been allocated to extend the project, which will now run until March 2016.

The team will study further changes taking place in Greater Manchester, and examine the reconfigurations of stroke services that are beginning in the Midlands and East of England.

This project now covers changes being made to the way that stroke care is provided for half of the population of England. It will generate lessons on the processes and outcomes of major systems change that may be applied to a wide range of care settings and communities.

More details about the study can be found here and the study protocol is available on the NIHR website.

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