Stroke therapists working in remote areas in Scotland had voiced a need for greater networking, support and sharing of knowledge in stroke rehabilitation. After consultation with Allied Health Professional (AHP) stroke consultants in Scotland, the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF) and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), a letter was sent to all health boards in Scotland asking for them to nominate a stroke AHP to attend an initial meeting, along with representatives from universities, research units and charities.
The initial meeting took place in October 2011. All mainland health boards were represented, plus most AHP professions, universities and charities.
Aims and objectives were agreed, the name chosen, a Constitution written, office bearers elected, a bank account opened, assured representation from all areas and professions, produced a website, membership database and logo and officially launched the forum in June 2012. Start-up funding was received from the National Advisory Committee for Stroke and CHSS kindly produced, and now host, the website and database.
The main aim of the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum is to promote the ‘highest quality of rehabilitation for people with stroke’.
The objectives are:
Membership is open to AHPs and AHP Support Workers, with an interest in stroke, and AHP students (final year undergraduates and postgraduates) working or studying in Scotland. Membership is free and can be accessed online.
This group sits alongside similar networks such as the SSNF and the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) and as such has an important role to play in the delivery of stroke rehabilitation services in Scotland. It will continue to have an advisory role and will generate, promote and report research in clinical stroke rehabilitation. In these financially challenged times, it is important to deliver clinical rehabilitation in as effective, yet efficient, a fashion possible and the SSAHPF will support these aspirations going forward. The forum will continue to engage across health and social care sectors, within health, with stroke survivors and with the third sector, as well as the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, so as to navigate stroke pathways in Scotland through the evolving integration process, keeping patients at the centre of all we do.
The SSAHPF is supported by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
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