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Patients set to benefit from improved stroke rehabilitation services across South Notts

The three South Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe) are pleased to announce that a new improved community based stroke rehabilitation service will be provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust from 1 April 2017.

The new service has been shaped by national clinical guidance from NICE and best practice nationally. It will see stroke patients benefitting from high quality rehabilitation within their own homes which will maximise their recovery, mobility and independence.

It is widely agreed that effective rehabilitation, which starts at the beginning of a patient’s treatment, can improve their chances of getting back to their normal lifestyle with their family and friends. Many stroke survivors living in the city of Nottingham have benefitted from similar rehabilitation over the past four years.

It is important to note that the excellent inpatient care on the acute stroke unit at City Hospital will continue. Only when patients are ‘medically fit for discharge’ by their Consultant will they then benefit from early supported discharge and home rehabilitation.

Dr Guy Mansford, GP and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Nottingham West CCG said: “Stroke is the third biggest killer in England and the main cause of adult disability. Around two thirds of people will survive their stroke, but half of stroke survivors are left with long term disability and become dependent on others for everyday activities.

“That’s why it is important for stroke survivors to maximise their recovery by returning to their own homes as quickly as possible after a short stay in hospital. Patients also tell us that care in the community is more convenient for them and their loved ones.

“On a personal level, I have seen first-hand the benefits of home rehabilitation after my mother suffered a major stroke last year. As soon as she was safe and well to do so, she returned home and received intensive, personalised support from a wide range of health and social care professionals. Since then, she has made a great recovery and continues to live a healthy and fulfilled life. I am excited about the chance for my patients to receive that great service.”

A co-ordinated team of health professionals will work together to achieve rehabilitation goals which have been tailored to a patient’s lifestyle within their own home environment. Support will be offered by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation support workers as well as a clinical psychologist and a community geriatrician.

Commenting on the new contract, Sam Walters, Chief Officer for Nottingham North and East CCG said: “We are delighted to announce that Nottinghamshire Healthcare has been awarded £1.5m to deliver stroke rehabilitation for the patients of South Nottinghamshire.

“They were awarded the contract following a robust competitive tendering process, during which they demonstrated they could provide sustainable, high quality services that provided value for money.

“Developing a unified community rehabilitation service will help local health services to provide a consistently excellent service for stroke survivors locally.”

Anthony Rosevear, Divisional General Manager for South Nottinghamshire for Nottinghamshire Healthcare said, “I am delighted that the Trust has been chosen to deliver these services for stroke patients across South Nottinghamshire.

“Work is already underway to develop the details of the service and involves close partnership working with Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottingham City Care. Senior clinicians are leading the development of clinical pathways from each organisation while pathways into other local services and groups such as StrokeAbility are being advanced.”

For further enquiries or information, please contact our Patient Experience Team on 0800 028 3693 (Option 2) or Pet@nottinghamnortheastccg.nhs.uk

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