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Tomorrow’s Care columnist Nikki Owen from the Stroke Association encourages best practice in the care industry for stroke survivors and tells us more about the new Stroke Association Care Award.

The UK’s aging population has created an increased demand on care systems, and with more people than ever living with the long-term effects of stroke, the need for stroke survivors to receive specially adapted care is also continuing to rise.

Stroke and the effect it causes is complex, as the parts of the brain that are affected differ from one person to another. The Care Act (2014), focuses on the needs of the individual and introduces the concept of ‘meeting needs’, recognising that everyone’s needs are different and personal to them. This is especially true when caring for stroke survivors, many of whom have ‘silent symptoms’ that are not obvious to those who care for them.

Stroke Association research found that up to 44% of stroke survivors are not recognised as having had a stroke, by the people that care for them. We expect this figure to increase when you include those who have vascular dementia.

As the UK’s leading stroke charity and experts in stroke, the Stroke Association is ideally positioned to set the benchmarks and champion best practice care for stroke survivors. We are developing a Stroke Association Care Award for care providers who are dedicated to providing excellent

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care and meet the five core standards of the award.

The charity are currently looking for pilot sites, to work with in a bid to develop the award and help evaluate its impact to ensure it is fit for purpose.

By achieving the award’s five core standards we feel care organisations will be able to actively prevent and provide care to stroke survivors. In a highly competitive environment, this award will help to provide a recognisable achievement that will give individuals and families greater confidence in the stroke care provided.

The award is measured at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, with increasing requirements that will encourage a totally holistic approach to stroke and vascular disease. This award will be assessed annually to ensure that providers maintain the standards the award sets out.

As part of the award we use care qualifications that are on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF), to help improve knowledge of stroke. Staff are supported to gain valuable knowledge and skills that can then be applied to all in their care. The charity will support those who undertake the award to take positive steps to reduce stroke and act appropriately when it occurs.

The Bronze level award requires those taking part to complete Level 2 Award in Stroke Awareness. This is available via distance learning, which is a flexible approach to learning and can be completed around work demands. We can also offer advice about the Workforce Development Fund, which can be used to recoup the full training costs, through compliance with the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care.

If you would like more information, to be included in our pilot scheme or would like to register your interest for when the full award is available, please contact us on 01527 903911 or email

The Stroke Association Care Award recognises care providers that achieve the following five core standards:

1. Training. 2. Information. 3. Policy and signposting. 4. Prevention. 5. Person centred care.

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