Improving transitions of care for stroke and TIA - the time is now!



  • Jennifer Crow, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, NIHR and Stroke Association Pre-Doctoral Fellow


  • Sandra Donald – Singer Songwriter/Musician @sandradonaldmusic
  • Katy Rothwell – Stroke Association, Stroke Support Programme Manager
  • Dr Eirini Kontou – Clinical Academic Clinical Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Neil Heron – Queens University Belfast, Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health; NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Department of General Practice, Keele University

Join us for this important interactive workshop focusing on how we can improve transitions of care for people after stroke and transient ischaemic attack (also known as TIA or ‘mini-stroke’). Stroke survivors and their families report feeling abandoned after hospital discharge and despite significant improvements in acute stroke care over the last decade, developments and improvements in the post-acute settings have been slower.

We will hear from a stroke survivor to understand the lived experience of poor transitions of care and the impact this has on recovery and life after stroke. Katy Rothwell will be discussing the development, implementation and evaluation of the Stroke Association Connect service. This service is provided within two weeks of leaving hospital. It aims to provide essential reassurance, connect people affected by stroke to ongoing support and equip them with the tools required to self-manage as their needs change over time. Dr Neil Heron will be telling us about how the model of cardiac rehabilitation was applied to TIA and ‘minor’ stroke rehabilitation. Dr Eirini Kontou will be presenting her work on developing and evaluating a new psychoeducational group programme for providing information and support for people with TIA and minor stroke, highlighting the long-term psychosocial impact after receiving a diagnosis.

The second part of this workshop will focus on a facilitated group discussion to promote networking and debate on this complex, multi-component aspect of stroke care; we would like to discuss your views and experiences of the following:

What is a successful transition of care?

How and when do we measure this?

Whose responsibility is it to deliver this care?

How could transitions be implemented in practice and supported by policy?