Improving rehabilitation care

Rehabilitation is an important phase of recovery after a stroke, generally commencing in hospital and continuing when a patient is discharged home.

Our Rehabilitation Subgroup leads work in this area and comprises of representatives from our local stroke units, community rehabilitation teams and voluntary sector organisations. 

To date the group has supported (find out more here):

  • Creation of an aphasia friendly Patient Information Document that can be individualised to support discharge from hospital (in conjunction with our Patient and Carer Group)
  • Development of a driving advice pathway
  • Implementation of a Vocational Rehabilitation pathway including a training package for therapists, in collaboration with a local university
  • Improving referral to life after stroke services (especially those provided by the voluntary sector) via training events and the launch of a Voluntary Services Directory

Current priorities include:

  • Improving information exchange between clinical teams through more effective discharge and referral documentation/processes
  • Identifying best practice for discharge from hospital to help reduce delays and improve patient experience, especially for those with nutritional needs
  • Improving and standardising continence and mood and cognition screening pathways
  • Implementing specialist vocational rehabilitation support for complex cases
  • Improving compliance and use of data to identify unmet needs for 6 month reviews
  • Exploring access to spasticity management services including botulism toxin, orthotics and FES services by community teams
  • Improving the understanding and use of clinical assessment tools including to mRS, Barthel and Nottingham ADL to reduce variability and improve our ability to accurately measure improvement in patient outcomes

November 2015 -


Task & Finish Group

Rehabilitation Subgroup

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