ODN Annual Conference braves the weather

The network’s second annual conference went ahead, despite the best efforts of the weather, which led to minor changes to the programme and a few less delegates able to attend.

Over 100 attendees heard from a wide range of presentations including Dr Debbie Lowe, National GiRFT Lead for Stroke (see left) who outlined the new national stroke plan for England which will focus on rehabilitation care.

Our Manager Sarah Rickard shared her reflections on the progress in stroke care made in the region in the last 8 years, with Dr Khalil Kawafi outlining how Greater Manchester will be implementing a new thrombectomy service in April.

The highlight of the morning session was a moving and thoughtful talk by Lucy Allard (see right) from the network’s Patient and Carer Group, who shared her own story and thanked the region for listening to the views of patients.

Other presentations focused on preventing stroke and how we can more effectively convey patients to hospital by ambulance.

The afternoon was devoted to workshops on a range of subjects, with the most popular led by Clinical Neuro Psychologists Dr Abi Methley and Mary Delaney (see left) on supporting the emotional well-being of stroke survivors.

The day ended with some stroke poetry from Speakeasy and prize giving for the excellent posters from our competition.




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