Projects and research

The Stroke HIT has three workstreams:

Lived Experience Group

The Group brings together people with direct experience of stroke and stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with representatives from Healthwatch and stroke charities (Stroke Association/Bristol After Stroke) to provide advice and assist with the co-design of stroke research and service evaluation projects as directed by the Stroke HIT.

Having a formal structure which directly links the Stroke HIT and the BNSSG Stroke Programme Board also provides a means for stroke affected people to have their voices heard by senior decision makers within the health and social care system and comment on and influence, the design of stroke services and quality outcomes, along with offering insight into the effectiveness of stroke focused education and training provision.

Lead: Claire Angell, stroke survivor

Education, training and skills

To ensure that healthcare professionals and support workers working in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) locality in health and social care with people affected by stroke have access to contemporary holistic stroke education.

Lead: Claire Fullbrook-Scanlon, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England and Consultant Stroke Nurse, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation, Evaluation and Research Group

This recently established Group operates to reduce the impact of stroke by supporting the identification, development and delivery of research and innovation projects. The HIT supports collaborative research, is guided by local stroke survivors and the public, and is relevant to local health and social care services.

Lead: Stephen Hill, stroke survivor