New emotional support service

Joint working between the Stroke Association, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and stroke clinicians, is improving the emotional support given to patients before, during and after clinical care.

The Stroke Association has worked jointly with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and stroke clinicians to design a new emotional support service to fill a gap that meant support was only offered to patients after clinical care finished.

The results are positive.

95% of people said they felt much better at coping with their problems and 90% said they felt better at keeping themselves well as they understood their problems better.

All those who were offered the emotional support service said they were much better at understanding the emotional effects of stroke, which has led to a 14% reduction in the use of beds specifically for stroke patients.