Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for stroke care in England: policy, prevention and treatment

Morning, Thursday, 10th May 2018

Central London


This seminar is bringing together leading clinicians and key stakeholders from the NHS and others more widely to consider the next steps for the prevention, care and treatment of stroke in England.

It takes place as policymakers consider the way ahead for developing a national plan for stroke - which is expected to take an integrated service approach including community, ambulance and secondary care - and will build on the 10-year National Stroke Strategy that came to an end in December last year.

With NHS RightCare driving the use of anticoagulants for patients with atrial fibrillation as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View, delegates will consider further action that might be taken to improve the prevention of stroke.

They will also examine latest thinking on measures taken to enhance care - looking at the quality and availability of stroke services - as well as the way ahead for treatment, with NHS England committing investment in new procedures, such as mechanical thrombectomy. 

Attendees will also discuss next steps for the healthcare industry in developing new treatments and adapting services to meet the challenges raised by an ageing population, particularly relating to rehabilitation and community stroke care.

Further sessions look at the future for the stroke care pathway - including the role of STPs and Academic Health Science Networks in driving forward innovation, with AHSNs distributing mobile ECG devices across England this year.

Delegates will also examine key issues around the recruitment and retention of the specialised stroke workforce, and priorities for reducing unwarranted variation - as the Getting It Right First Time programme leads a review on stroke.

Guest of Honour

Professor Anthony Rudd

National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England

Guest of Honour

Professor Anthony Rudd

National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England


Rt Hon the Baroness Jay of Paddington

Baroness Jolly

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Health


David Davis

National Clinical Lead, Integrated Urgent Care NHS 111 Workforce Development Programme, NHS England

Juliet Bouverie

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association

Professor Matthew Cripps

National Director, NHS RightCare

Professor Gary Ford

Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Consultant Stroke Physician, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Julia Verne

Head of Clinical Epidemiology, Public Health England

Dr Deborah Lowe

Clinical Lead, Stroke, Getting It Right First Time and Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Rickard

Manager, Greater Manchester Stroke Operational Delivery Network, hosted by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Yassir Javaid

Cardiovascular Lead, Nene CCG and Primary Care Cardiovascular Lead, East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network