The RCSLT’s work in stroke care​

RCSLT Stroke Study Day 2016

On 10 May 2016, the RCSLT invited speech and language therapy stroke leads from 50 services across England to the RCSLT stroke study day to discuss how their service records data in Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) and to discuss the draft fifth edition of the stroke clinical guidelines. The stroke study day was supported by Sue Pownall and Rosemary Cunningham, the RCSLT representatives for the Royal College of Physicians stroke working group.

All the presentations from the day are available on the stroke study day page.

You can also read the stroke study day Bulletin article about the lively debate that we had.

RCSLT Stroke Study Day 2018

On Friday 27th April 2018 the RCSLT organised a second study day “Continuing Improvement in Stroke Care – The way forward”. The day was supported by Pam Enderby, Rosemary Cunningham and Sue Pownall.

The aim of this was to:

  • Clarify how to record data for the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP)
  • Understand how to interpret, use and apply SSNAP data

The day featured in the June Bulletin and a full write up is being shared with delegates.

Top five therapy questions on SSNAP:

Supporting guidelines and resources

The Therapy report, published in 2018 provides a summary of the therapy aspects of SSNAP. This includes an overview of how therapy data is collected and reported on by SSNAP and provides guidance for data entry and submission The Therapy Report.

RCSLT’s stroke campaign calls

The RCSLT calls for:

  • One in 10: in an acute ward there must be one speech and language therapist for every 10 people who have had a stroke
  • A Communication Lifeline: every stroke survivor must have prompt referral to speech and language therapy to assess their communication and so they can be given a means of communicating in the immediate days following their stroke
  • Community rehabilitation: every community stroke team must have at least one speech and language therapist

Please contact Claire Moser for more information.

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