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Stroke prevention, care and treatment in England - next steps for Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks, training, and local delivery

Morning, Tuesday, 17th November 2020

Central London


Delegates at this conference will examine:

  • latest developments in policy and clinical practice for stroke prevention, care and treatment in England,  and
  • the next steps for Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks (ISDNs), training and local delivery.

Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss the implementation of the National Stroke Programme, which has been developed by NHS England and the Stroke Association.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote addresses at this conference from Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association.

A further confirmed speaker is Dr David HargrovesGetting It Right First Time (GIRFT).

The National Stroke Programme and the NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan identifies stroke as a national clinical priority, and The National Stroke Programme aims to support meeting its ambitions in this area.

Sessions will consider the next steps for achieving key goals, including:

  • Centralising stroke care through ISDNs;
  • Expanding mechanical thrombectomy to 10% of patients and, by 2025, having the best European performance for thrombolysis;
  • Improving stroke rehabilitation for patients post-hospital to help reduce hospital admissions;
  • Achieving national targets through local delivery - including local approaches to rehabilitation, the role of the pharmacy and community stroke care services; and
  • Reducing variation and improving training for the stroke workforce.

The agenda

  • Implementing the National Stroke Programme - rehabilitation pilot sites, local systems, and service improvement;
  • Prevention, personalised care, the role of Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks, and the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Training, reducing variation, and rolling out mechanical thrombectomy;
  • Achieving national targets through local delivery - improving stroke care in England; and
  • Implementing progress and priorities - immediate treatment, reducing hospital admissions, and the new approaches to rehabilitation.

Keynote Speaker

Juliet Bouverie

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association

Keynote Speaker

Juliet Bouverie

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association


Baroness Wheeler

Opposition Deputy Chief Whip and Member, Shadow Health and Social Care Team


Dr David Hargroves

National Joint Clinical Lead for Stroke, Getting it Right First Time; Urgent and Acute Stroke Care Work Stream Lead, Clinical Policy Unit, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Consultant Stroke Physician and Clinical Lead for Stroke, East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust

Dr Matt Fay

GP Principal, The Willows Medical Practice and Clinical Chief Executive, Affinity Care Primary Care Network

Hassan Argomandkhah

Chair, Pharmacy Local Professional Network, NHS England Northwest

Helen Williams

Clinical Director, Atrial Fibrilation, Health Innovation Network; National Clinical Advisor, Atrial Fibrilation Programme, Academic Health Science Network and Consultant Pharmacist, Cardiovascular Disease, Lambeth and Southwark CCG

Jackie Huddleston

Deputy Director, Clinical Delivery and Networks, NHS England and NHS Improvement South East

Dr Sanjeev Nayak

Consultant, Interventional Neuroradiologist, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust