Exercise after stroke – part of Wiltshire’s Active Health Programme

Wiltshire’s ‘Exercise after Stroke’ 14 week pilot (a partnership between NHS Wiltshire, DC Leisure and Wiltshire Council)  started in September 2011 offering local stroke survivors the opportunity to participate in a class specifically designed to promote recovery. Following an initial assessment 12 stroke survivors attended once a week for 12 weeks with each session followed by a social/coffee break for participants and carers.

The project was evaluated by Glasgow Caledonian University with excellent results. The project was assessed at 12 weeks and has seen 100% retention. Significant improvements include:

  • Timed Up and Go – time taken to stand up from a chair,  walk 3 metersaround an object and back to the chair to sit down.
  • There was a 38% improvement in time taken for each participant.

Stroke Impact Scale – how the participant feels the stroke impacts on their life:

  • physical problems gained a 14% improvement;
  • mobility gained an 11% improvement;
  • participation gained a 21% improvement;
  • recovery gained a 31% improvement; and
  • psychological perceptions of recovery from stroke saw a 33% improvement.

Participants are still seeing and feeling the benefits 6 months later.Carers also benefited from being able to share experiences and problems – “a great support”.  11 of the 12 participants have graduated to the maintenance class (one lost due to illness), and 9 new participants have started on the second programme.

The pilot project was awarded the Wiltshire Health Improvement Partnership Award, February 2012, for contribution to improving physical activity in adults.

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