In CLAHRC GM's first round of funding from the NIHR (2008-2013), the Greater Manchester Stroke Assessment Tool(GM-SAT) ws developed for use in six month stroke reviews, and piloted and evaluated this in a number of different ways, ultimately leading to its widespread implementation. The GM-SAT was originally designed for use in the community, so it is now being developed it for use with stroke survivors that live in care homes and evaluating its application in this setting.
Why is it important?
The 2007 National Stroke Strategy, and subsequently the NHS Commissioning Board CCG Outcomes Indicator Set (2013/14), say that all stroke survivors and their carers should receive regular reviews of their health and social care needs, including a review six months after they have left hospital. This ensures that survivors and their carers continue to feel supported in the long-term after a stroke and enables them to access the further specialist advice, support, information and rehabilitation that they need.
CLAHRC GM will work in partnership with stroke professionals from across Greater Manchester who have experience of delivering GM-SAT in care homes to make the tool appropriate for use in this setting. The usefulness, acceptability and feasibility of the modified GM-SAT for use with stroke survivors resident in care homes will then be explored through an evaluation study. This will explore, not only the content and value of the modified GM-SAT, but also the way in which it is delivered.
This work is being undertaken in partnership with, and funded by, the Stroke Association. Other organisations involved include Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The findings from this work will be available in early/mid 2018. The existing GM-SAT resources are also being updated in view of the findings and learning from this work. We aim to launch these modified GM-SAT resources at the 2018 UK Stroke Forum, with updated materials being available on our GM-SAT project page.