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GCU health researchers behind new stroke guideline

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University have made a huge contribution to the new National Clinical Guideline for Stroke for the UK and Ireland, published 19 April.

The guideline provides authoritative, evidence-based practice guidance to improve the quality of care delivered to every adult who has a stroke in the UK and Ireland, regardless of age, gender, type of stroke or location.

 It is intended as a guideline for nurses, doctors, therapists and care staff who provide care to stroke patients and for those patients receiving care, their families and carers, and anyone else seeking to improve stroke care.  The guideline is an initiative of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party.

NRS Stroke Research Network have previously worked closely with and supported research projects from some of the group members who made important contributions to the development of these guidelines.

Read the full article here

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NICE has published a new impact NICE-Impact-stroke.pdf  This report focuses on how NICE’s evidence-based guidance contributes to improvements in care for people who have had a stroke.

This is the latest impact report in a series which look at how NICE’s evidence-based guidance is being used in priority areas of the health and care system.  Impact reports are based on data from national audits, reports, surveys and indicator frameworks that show the uptake of our guidance and quality statement measures.  You can access all of the impact reports on the NICE website.

Professor Gillian Leng, NICE’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care recently published a blog with her thoughts about the new impact report on stroke, in the National Health Executive.   

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice line Nurses

Advice line nurses are asking for your support in promoting their service to your patients and clinical colleagues this spring.

The remit of the CHSS Advice Line is to provide information, advice and support for those affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions, their families, carers and health professionals across Scotland.

The advice line can help you support your patients and their carers by offering a listening ear with no time limit to a call, discussing risk factors and healthy living choices, and providing advice based on SIGN/ NICE guidelines.  In addition, they can make referrals to CHSS support groups and signpost callers as appropriate to other organisations for local patient/ carer support.

This service is free to call from landlines and mobile phones on 0808 801 0899 and can save you time while helping you support and encourage the people you see living with long-term conditions to access the support and information that’s right for them.

If you would be willing to help distribute Advice Line cards and fridge magnets to your clinical colleagues, patients and carers, and display posters in your workplace, please email with your address for a supply of promotional materials.

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Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are committed to improving the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

Stroke Association
The Stroke Association are a charity committed to helping stroke survivors make the best possible recovery which is why they fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.

World Stroke Day 2022: Stroke Association have launched a campaign around the psychological impact of stroke. 

Read the results of the survey at Stroke Association survey 2022.pdf

The Scottish Stroke Care Audit
The Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) checks the quality of stroke care in hospitals in Scotland. The SSCA is a national audit within the Quality Improvement Programme at ISD (Information Services Division of National Services Scotland).

Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum
The Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF) is for registered nurses with an interest in stroke (events/conferences are open to other health professionals).

Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professionals Forum (SSAHPF)
The main aim of the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum is to promote the 'highest quality of rehabilitation for people with stroke'
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 applied for online at

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

The Stroke Elf
Launched in December 2014, The Stroke Elf is a great way to make research more accessible and encourage discussion about research. If you are interested or want further information, please email Professor Madeleine Grealy at

Database of Research in Stroke (DORIS)

Due to the restructuring of Cochrane and the loss of infrastructure funding for Cochrane Stroke in March 2023, DORIS will no longer be regularly updated. However DORIS still contains a wealth of information which may not be found elsewhere.

DORIS: Database of Research Into Stroke (

Different Strokes
Different Strokes is a National Charity launched in 1996 by younger stroke survivors for the purposes of self-help and mutual support. Recognising the need for a wider choice of services for the younger stroke survivor which can be a traumatic and devastating experience, Different Strokes helps stroke survivors of working age to optimise their recovery, take control of their own lives and regain as much independence as possible by offering 'rehabilitative services', information and advice.