The network is working closely with local stakeholders to ensure the regional stroke pathway is maintained during the pandemic. We have collaboratively developed and agreed a protocol to co-ordinate amendments to the pathway, as and when they are needed. We are now developing a recovery and restore plan as we move into the next phase of the pandemic.

Our inpatient and community stroke services are fully operational, albeit with more remote working. We would encourage our clinical colleagues to engage with their local stroke teams for advice and support to ensure patients do not miss out on specialist care, including those who experience a Transient Ischaemic Attack.

Professionals can download key documents such as the pathway protocol here (you will need to be registered and login), with general resources at the bottom of this page.

The NHS have published stroke medicine guidance to support clinicians during the outbreak and we are supporting teams to ensure it is implemented. We have also developed similar guidance for community stroke services.

Watch a video featuring Lucy, the vice chair of our Patient & Carer Group and stroke survivor, about why acting F.A.S.T. and dialling 999 is so important during the pandemic.

We have now instigated regular teleconferences between our key stakeholders so local teams can work together more easily as events unfold. Contact if you want to be invited:

  • All community teams – Tuesday 11am (fortnightly)
  • All Stroke Units – Monday 12pm
  • Southern Sector Forum – Wednesday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)
  • NW Central Sector Forum – Thursday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)
  • NE Sector Forum – Friday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)

We are in regular contact with the North West Ambulance Service and are liaising with the Pan London stroke pathway. We are in close contact with the NHSE National Clinical Director for Stroke, taking part in national calls with other regions are coordinating regularly with our North West colleagues to ensure we share plans and ideas.

We are co-ordinating with our local voluntary sector organisations (BASIC, Speakeasy, Stroke Association and Think Ahead) and have amended referral pathways to ensure our patients and carers can access additional support.

We have resumed our other regular activities and meetings, and will be launching a virtual training programme shortly.

You may find our web page on using digital technology useful as teams are now working more virtually.

You can contact the network team here.




NHS COVID-19 website

NHS COVID-19 advice for healthcare professionals

GiRFT/Oxford AHSN: Restoration and recovery of stroke services during the COVID-19 pandemic guidance (July-2020) and webinar

GiRFT/Oxford AHSN: Adapting stroke services during the COVID-19 pandemic: an implementation guide

Second phase of NHS response (29 April 2020)

Next steps on NHS response to COVID-19 (17 March 2020)



NHS Specialty guide for stroke medicine

British Association of Stroke Physicians COVID-19 resources

Association of British Neurologists COVID-19 response & resources

Royal College of Speech & Language therapists – aerosol generating procedures, dysphagia assessment and COVID-19

NHS Specialty guide for anti-coagulation services

Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance on switching patients from warfarin to DOACS

NHS Hospital discharge service requirements (19 March 2020)



National community hub resources and community of practice

GMSODN community team guidance

NHS Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient and community care

NHS Prioritisation within community heathcare services (19 March 2020)

Royal College of Speech & Language therapists – aerosol generating procedures, dysphagia assessment and COVID-19

NHS Guidance on home care provision (13 March 2020)


Professional bodies

Letter from Chief AHP (19 March 2020)

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists: AHP advice

Health Education England: Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for AHPs

Health & Care Professions Council: How we will continue to regulate in light of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Coronavirus

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists – Guidance produced in response to COVID-19

The British Psychological Society – Adaptations to psychological practice: interim guidance during Covid-19


Voluntary sector

Stroke Association information for stroke survivors

Stroke Association update (18 March 2020)