Psychological care after stroke
This resource is being developed by the Stroke Improvement Programme to support improvements to identify strategies to meet the range of psychological needs of stroke survivors and carers.
A steering group comprising those with a particular interest or expertise in improving services to meet psychological needs of stroke survivors and their carers has been established. The group will soon produce:
- Workforce competencies in line with the Stroke Specific Educational Framework for those screening, referring or managing individuals with psychological needs
- A broad health economic assessment of the impact of psychological services for stroke
Health economic analysis of clinical psychology led care after stroke
Spending £69,000 on a clinical psychologist to support a multi-disciplinary team, to implement a stepped care approach to psychological care, for a stroke population of 500 people, can be nearly cost neutral to the NHS over 2 years and save the health and social care economy around £39,000 in the same period.
A publication discussing the economic model, and a spreadsheet with associated guidance to enable calculations about the costs and benefits of local service to be made is now available.
Accelerating stroke improvement measure
ASI 6: Timely access to psychological support
Proportion of patients who have received psychological support for mood, behaviour or cognitive disturbance by six months after stroke.
National standards for psychological therapy after stroke
A summary of what national organisations say about psychological therapy after stroke.
Psychological support: State of knowledge
This paper produced in November 2010, outlines and summarises the research evidence that exists on emotional, behavioural and cognitive problems after stroke. The paper was written by Ian Kneebone and Nadina Lincoln, with comments from the psychology steering group.
Implementing psychological care - learning from seven national projects
Pathways for psychological care after stroke
How to set up a befriending service
Screening and assessment
The stepped approach
Commissioning and making the business case for Psychological care
Other resources and research evidence
Other useful resources and research evidence for improving access to psychological therapy after stroke.
These pages are continuously evolving as services develop. If you would like to share improvements in psychological care after stroke which you have been involved in please contact Sarah Gillham.