Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244

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

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the latest developments - and the way forward - for policy and clinical practice relating to stroke.

Areas for discussion include:

  • latest thinking on prevention, care and treatment in England,
  • next steps for Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks (ISDNs), training and local delivery, and
  • what can learned from the response to the COVID-19 emergency, and its impact on patients and clinical care - and the actions that need to be taken now and into the future to restore services.

Key areas for discussion:

  • Meeting National Stroke Programme ambitions around rehabilitation, increasing mechanical thrombectomy, centralised care and local delivery;
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted stroke patients and the delivery of the National Stroke Programme;
  • Priorities for rolling out mechanical thrombectomy, qualified staff recruitment and training, as well as reducing the variation in delivery of treatment;
  • Progress in stroke care in England and making stroke a national clinical priority in achieving national targets - including the impact of the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Latest approaches on strategies for achieving stroke prevention;
  • Organisational collaboration on post-stroke care, including:
    • involvement of the third sector and community care, and
    • the role of pharmacists in delivering stroke care and prevention within the community.

The seminar takes place as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care recently announced in a Government Daily Coronavirus Briefing that areas of urgent care that had been postponed, will start to be restored and urged members of the public who are worried about signs of a stroke to still come forward and seek help.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

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.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This conference is set to be no different. Places have already been reserved by representatives from NHS England; the British Paediatric Neurology Association;  and Worcestershire Royal Hospital NHS Trust.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates