A big-scale pilot for sufferers residing with stroke has been introduced in 5 NHS trusts following an preliminary smaller-scale pilot at College Faculty London Hospitals NHS Belief (UCLH), with the purpose of lowering well being inequalities.
Launched in December final 12 months, My Stroke Companion, the primary personalised academic package deal for affected person residing with stroke, marked the beginning of a year-long trial.
The venture units out to cut back well being inequalities by connecting folks with personalised well being info to assist them handle their situation in a method that fits them. It has been introduced that the venture will probably be prolonged to an extra 4 trusts later this 12 months following the preliminary launch at UCLH.
My Stroke Companion was co-created and piloted by UCLH and Cognitant, specialists in affected person info. It’s the first time visible and interactive content material has been individualised to a affected person’s sort of stroke, their treatment, signs and native assist companies accessible to them.
The primary of its type giant scale pilot will function 500 sufferers and follows a profitable smaller-scale pilot of the personalised digital assist package deal by the UCLH hyperacute stroke unit.
Dr Robert Simister, medical lead for the My Stroke Companion venture at UCLH, mentioned: “We needed to work with Cognitant to develop My Stroke Companion as a result of at the moment, there’s a actual lack of personalised assist that’s provided to stroke survivors, and we really feel that the venture is able to bridging this hole.”
Every affected person collaborating within the expanded trial will probably be issued with a personalised info prescription, which they will share with relations and carers, serving to them to handle their situation.
Explainer movies and visible content material assist customers to completely perceive and memorise details about their situation. Hyperlinks to additional assist organisations and call particulars of medical groups are additionally supplied if the affected person seeks additional assistance on way of life adjustments, equivalent to quitting smoking.
The brand new pilot goals to path My Stroke Companion with sufferers and their households in a wide range of completely different communities, with 300 coming from UCLH and an extra 200 from 4 different NHS trusts, together with North Bristol NHS Belief.
Daisy Allington, chief working officer of Cognitant, mentioned: “We’re very enthusiastic about My Stroke Companion, not simply due to the large advantages for stroke sufferers, however as a result of this trial will allow us to develop personalised companies to help sufferers with different long-term circumstances and their households.”
After the trial, Cognitant and UCLH hope to evolve My Stroke Companion to dynamically replace with the affected person journey, in order that for instance new info is supplied because the affected person adjustments treatment.
Numerous work throughout the NHS has been executed over the previous few months to advance stroke care and improve the lives of stroke sufferers.
An instance is at Ipswich Hospital, where it has seen benefits to its stroke pathway thanks a partnership combining Visionable’s digital healthcare collaboration platform and Brainomix’s e-Stroke imaging software program.