Community stroke service contract awarded

Hospital stays for Eastern Cheshire people who have had a stroke are set to fall by up to six days after a new community service is launched next month (April). NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) designed and funded the service to bring together a wide range of health and care workers to help people maximise their recovery from a stroke after hospital treatment. The Integrated Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service (ICSRS) will be provided by University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust, which has been awarded a three- year contract by the CCG to a value of £1.5m. The service will provide care closer to home. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists from the trust will work with social care staff from Cheshire East Council to meet patients’ physical, psychological and social needs.