UCLH stroke pilot to develop to extra trusts to scale back well being inequalities

A big-scale pilot for sufferers residing with stroke has been introduced in 5 NHS trusts following an preliminary smaller-scale pilot at College Faculty London Hospitals NHS Belief (UCLH), with the goal of decreasing well being inequalities.

Launched in December final 12 months, My Stroke Companion, the primary personalised academic bundle for affected person residing with stroke, marked the beginning of a year-long trial.

The challenge units out to scale back well being inequalities by connecting individuals with personalised well being data to assist them handle their situation in a method that fits them. It has been introduced that the challenge can be prolonged to an extra 4 trusts later this 12 months following the preliminary launch at UCLH.

My Stroke Companion was co-created and piloted by UCLH and Cognitant, specialists in affected person data. It’s the first time visible and interactive content material has been individualised to a affected person’s kind of stroke, their remedy, signs and native help providers accessible to them.

The primary of its form giant scale pilot will function 500 sufferers and follows a profitable smaller-scale pilot of the personalised digital help bundle by the UCLH hyperacute stroke unit.

Dr Robert Simister, scientific lead for the My Stroke Companion challenge at UCLH, mentioned: “We wished to work with Cognitant to develop My Stroke Companion as a result of at the moment, there’s a actual lack of personalised help that’s supplied to stroke survivors, and we really feel that the challenge is able to bridging this hole.”

Every affected person collaborating within the expanded trial can be issued with a personalised data prescription, which they will share with members of the family and carers, serving to them to handle their situation.

Explainer movies and visible content material assist customers to totally perceive and memorise details about their situation. Hyperlinks to additional help organisations and make contact with particulars of medical groups are additionally supplied if the affected person seeks additional assistance on life-style adjustments, comparable to quitting smoking.

The brand new pilot goals to path My Stroke Companion with sufferers and their households in quite a lot of completely different communities, with 300 coming from UCLH and an extra 200 from 4 different NHS trusts, together with North Bristol NHS Belief.

Daisy Allington, chief working officer of Cognitant, mentioned: “We’re very enthusiastic about My Stroke Companion, not simply due to the large advantages for stroke sufferers, however as a result of this trial will allow us to develop personalised providers to assist sufferers with different long-term situations and their households.”

After the trial, Cognitant and UCLH hope to evolve My Stroke Companion to dynamically replace with the affected person journey, in order that for instance new data is supplied because the affected person adjustments remedy.

A number of work throughout the NHS has been completed over the previous few months to advance stroke care and improve the lives of stroke sufferers.

An instance is at Ipswich Hospital, the place it has seen advantages to its stroke pathway thanks a partnership combining Visionable’s digital healthcare collaboration platform and Brainomix’s e-Stroke imaging software program.