COVID-19

The network is working closely with local stakeholders to ensure the regional stroke pathway is maintained as much possible and adapted when the need arises (likely to be very shortly).

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

NHS England will shortly be publishing guidance on managing stroke services during the outbreak and we will be supporting teams to ensure it is implemented. We have also developed similar guidance for community stroke services.

We have now instigated regular teleconferences between our key stakeholders so local teams can work together more easily as events unfold:

  • HASU only – 2-3 times/week
  • All community teams – Tuesday 11am
  • All Stroke Units – Wednesday 10am
  • Southern Sector Forum – Wednesday 12pm
  • NW Central Sector Forum – Thursday 12pm
  • NE Sector Forum – Friday 12pm

We are liaising with the Pan London stroke pathway to learn from their experiences and are in close contact with the NHSE National Clinical Director for Stroke. We will also be coordinating regular virtual meetings with our North West colleagues to ensure we share plans and ideas, and will be in regular contact with the Stroke Association and our Strategic Clinical Network.

We have suspended our training programme along with our other regular activities and meetings until further notice.

You may find our web page on using digital technology such as apps useful as teams are likely to need to use more self management and remote rehabilitation.

You can contact the network team here.

 

Resources

NHS COVID-19 website

NHS COVID-19 advice for healthcare professionals

NHS Hospital discharge service requirements (19 March 2020)

NHS Guidance on home care provision (13 March 2020)

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

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)

NHS X COVID-19 information governance advice

Stroke Association update (18 March 2020)