Westminster Health Forum

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


This conference will discuss policy for stroke prevention, care, and treatment in England - looking at Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks, training, and local delivery.

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England and NHS Improvement; and
  • Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association.

Further confirmed speakers include: Hassan Argomandkhah, Pharmacy Local Professional Network NHS England North West; Dr Matt Fay, The Willows Medical Practice; Dr David Hargroves, Getting It Right First Time; Jackie Huddleston, NHS England and NHS Improvement; Dr Sanjeev Nayak, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Helen Williams, Academic Health Science Network.

Chairing is Baroness Wheeler, Opposition Deputy Chief Whip and Member, Shadow Health and Social Care Team.

Sessions will focus on the priorities for implementing the National Stroke Programme, which has been developed by NHS England and the Stroke Association to support and meet the delivery of ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The role of Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks and service redesign;
  • Delivering prevention and personalised care;
  • Progress in rehabilitation and developing pilots;
  • Effective rolling out of mechanical thrombectomy; and
  • Reducing variation and improving training for the stroke workforce.

Further sessions look at achieving national targets through local delivery, with discussion on:

  • The role of pharmacy;
  • Innovative stroke care and prevention to reduce hospital admissions;
  • Local approaches to rehabilitation;
  • Community stroke care services; and
  • Priorities for patients.

The conference takes place with the NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill going through parliament, which will enshrine in law the multi-year funding settlement for the NHS and supporting the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps for achieving goals for stroke within the NHS Long Term Plan, which makes stroke a national clinical priority and sets targets around prevention, care, and treatment - including:

  • Centralising stroke care through Integrated Stroke Delivery Units;
  • Expanding mechanical thrombectomy to 10% of patients and, by 2025, having the best European performance for thrombolysis;
  • Modernising the stroke workforce; and
  • Improving stroke rehabilitation for patients post-hospital to help reduce hospital admissions.

The agenda

  • Implementing the National Stroke Programme - rehabilitation pilots, 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.

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