Ambulance staff get trained in stroke

On the 3rd August, a stroke training event for ambulance clinicians was held at Salford Royal Hospital. The day was facilitated by Chris Ashton, a Paramedic and our Coordinator working closely with the with the College of Paramedics.

As a network, we continually seek to improve the delivery of stroke care throughout the region and we felt this was an ideal opportunity to educate collaboratively with the College.

Initial feedback from the day has been fantastic with all attendees recommending the day to others in the future.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this CPD event and have promoted it to colleagues. I found it to be very informative and my working knowledge of the FAST test and other tests mentioned at the event has improved as a direct result of this.”

The programme featured a range of speakers including Consultant Paramedics, PhD researchers, Hyper Acute Stroke Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP’s), a Neuro Radiologist and a relative telling a patient story:

Chris Ashton outlined the improvements in stroke care in Greater Manchester since full centralisation of the pathway in 2015, highlighting current gaps in training in the recognition of stroke

Graham McClelland – a PhD research Paramedic from Newcastle – outlined his work with stroke mimics and their impacts on the care pathway

There was an interactive session from Sarah Heathcote and Thom Luxon, two of Salford Royal’s stroke ANP’s on thrombolysis, and alternative stroke assessment tools to FAST

Sue relayed her father’s experience of having a stroke and the implications of poor stroke training and education

Dr Amit Herwadkar – Neuro-radiologist from Salford Royal – discussed recognising and diagnosing strokes and the differences in haemorrhagic and ischaemic strokes

The final presentation was by NWAS Consultant Paramedic Duncan Robertson, and Lisa Brunton a current researcher involved in the ‘Connected Health Cities Project’. They discussed current and future stroke research in the pre-hospital setting, and Lisa concluded the day by offering the opportunity for attendees to get involved in some upcoming focus groups.

Anyone interested in being part of a research project into stroke mimics please contact lisa.brunton@manchester.ac.uk. Involvement in focus groups like these can be used towards a clinicians CPD portfolio and are open to Paramedics and Technicians.

Further events are planned in future.

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