Support a research project that seeks to improve services and support post-stroke for people in deprived / ethnically diverse communities.

Do you work with people who live in a socially deprived area or with people who do not consider English to be their first language? Do you also see some people who are recovering from or living with a stroke? Then Professor Lisa Kidd, Professor of Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University School of Health & Life Sciences would love to speak to you!

Over the past decade, there have been many advances in treatments and therapies for people who have had a stroke. One of the biggest news stories of late has been the introduction of a thrombectomy service which is an emergency treatment that can remove a blood clot within the first six hours of having a stroke. There have also been renewed calls from community and voluntary groups calling for better access to rehabilitation and support services for people in their local communities. This, and supporting people to live well after a stroke, is one of the priority areas that staff at Glasgow Caledonian University have been working on for the past few years. The research that has been conducted has helped to develop new policies and services to help improve provision of long-term care and support for people after a stroke.

It is recognised, however, that to improve people’s experiences, the voices of people with more diverse needs and experiences need to be heard too. Existing services and support to help people after a stroke might not meet everyone’s needs and might need to be designed and delivered differently for different communities. To look into this more, Professor Kidd would like to start by talking with people who live in, or provide services or support to people who’ve had a stroke, from different communities and walks of life.

As a first step, Professor Kidd is keen to talk to people working in community and voluntary groups, or health and social care services in different community settings, and who offer services and support to people who are recovering from or living with a stroke but who also live in more deprived and/or ethnically diverse communities. She is keen to work with new people, organisations and partners to reignite a conversation about people’s needs and experiences (both good and bad) and to find out how services can work together to co-design support that meets people’s needs in a personalised way.

If this sounds like you or your organisation, and you would be interested in finding out more, then Professor Kidd and team would love to hear more about your work and to chat more with you. You can email Professor Lisa Kidd at Lisa.Kidd@gcu.ac.uk.

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