Those affected by stroke have access to practical advice, emotional support, advocacy and information throughout the care pathway and lifelong.
Key: e = element | k = knowledge | s = skill
Knowledge and understanding of…
stroke sub-types and their aetiologies
the risk factors for further vascular events
pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and side effects of treatment
who provides interventions for primary and secondary prevention of stroke
the full range of local and national resources and services available for those affected by stroke, including: health, social, voluntary, and independent; how to facilitate access and length of referral time
the range of potential impacts of stroke on the patient, carer, and family
the implications of stroke for lifestyle; driving; occupation, including voluntary work or education; and social participation
how to assess and overcome physiological, neurological, and psychological challenges
Skills and ability to...
recognise stroke-related communication difficulties and adapt methods of communication to discuss with the patient, carer, and family: current event; risk of future vascular event; need for and timeframes of assessments and investigations; rationale for interventions and treatments, their timeframes, and possible side effects; and provide timely information, advice and support
identify the full range of local and national resources and services available for those affected by stroke; assess their relevance and suitability for the patient, carer, and family; liaise with services, working across agencies and sharing information where appropriate; communicate referral arrangements, availability and waiting times
Implement information sharing methods and reflect on effectiveness of information sharing
monitor progress and agree or change a maintenance or management plan in conjunction with those affected by stroke, identifying resources to facilitate participation and inclusion