Network stroke conference bigger and better than ever!

The network held its 3rd annual conference on 6th March at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles, with over 160 people attending. This year, the day went ahead as planned without the intervention of the weather, as snow disrupted last year’s event!

Local “legend” Professor Pippa Tyrrell came out of retirement to deliver an inspirational keynote address on “stroke – where next”. This was followed by excellent presentations on our community transformation work, the journey to set up community services in Stockport, the work of our patient and carer group, research in dementia and access to rehabilitation and finally just before lunch, insights into the pre-hospital pathway.

The afternoon kicked off with another superb selection of songs from the Stroke Association NW Community Stroke Choir who were followed by a presentation by Gill Pearl of Speakeasy on the benefits of music in aphasia.


The conference then broke off into workshops including spasticity management, assessing mental capacity, AF management and art and health. Finally, psychologist Dr Jonathan Rust shared his experiences of helping support patients and the specialist community team in North Manchester.

Our hospital lead Dr Jane Molloy (pictured left with Hilary Troop) then had the honour of awarding the prizes for our poster competition:

Nasogastric tube and bridle placement in a stroke unit: a QI project – Stepping Hill Hospital stroke team

The therapy – response relationship is it simply more therapy equals better health outcomes? SSNAP: investigating and evaluating stroke therapy (SNAPPIEST) – The University of Manchester

Development of a Stroke Community Choir across Greater Manchester – Tameside Stroke Association

The day ended with Professor Tyrrell presenting an award named in her honour to stroke nurse Jo Stevens (pictured right). The award was created by the network this year in recognition of someone who has gone above and beyond in helping improve stroke care. Jo has worked in a number of organisations and roles in Greater Manchester, and has worked closely with the network since its inception. She is very worthy winner and was delighted and surprised to be honoured!

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