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​Stroke Champions honoured in Salford

Press Release   •   May 27, 2016 12:21 BST

A group of care staff have been honoured as Stroke Champions by the Stroke Association, in a celebratory presentation at Moores House in Salford on Tuesday 10 May.

The charity’s Stroke Champion initiative involved 12 care staff from social care, residential and nursing homes across Salford, who each took part in regular training with stroke professionals such as the Community Neuro Rehab Team and Speech and Language Therapists. Each session focused on different topics, including language and communication, swallowing, and the psychological impact of stroke.

Certificates were presented to the care staff by Paul Walsh, Integrated Care Commissioning Manager at Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. He was joined by Helen Madden, Community Stroke Coordinator at the Stroke Association.

Helen Madden said: “Stroke has a massive and sudden impact and is one of the most common neurological conditions affecting people living in care homes. This initiative has been created to establish a network of Stroke Champions throughout care homes in the area, and help more stroke survivors make their best recovery possible. Our event recognised the vital difference that care staff make in making sure that stroke survivors have the best possible chance of a good recovery.”

The Stroke Association provides a Stroke Recovery Service and Communication Support in Salford, in partnership with Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford City Council. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk