The Stroke Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which brings together clinical research expertise to provide high-quality stroke research studies in the NHS. This research is delivered through 15 Local Clinical Research Networks across England with a local lead for stroke research in each area. Our job is to ensure that the stroke studies included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Stroke Research
Clinical research into stroke takes place at every stage along the stroke patient pathway from prevention, to treatment and rehabilitation. Clinical studies also take place in diverse settings from specialist hospital units, to community rehabilitation centres and in patient’s homes.
Charities and support groups
- The Stroke Association: a national charity providing support, advice and information to people who’ve had strokes, their family, carers and healthcare professionals.
- Different Strokes: support for younger stroke survivors
- Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors: raising awareness of stroke in children caused by sickle cell anaemia
- Connect - the communication disability network: a charity for people living with aphasia
- UK Stroke Forum: a coalition of 32 organisations committed to improving stroke care in the UK
- Speakability: a national charity supporting and empowering people with Aphasia, and their carers.
- Interact Reading Service: UK charity supporting stroke recovery through a live and interactive reading service
Medical and emergency advice
These websites can provide medical information and advice about stroke:
- NHS Choices: Useful medical information for lay people
Devolved nations and international stroke networks
Patient, Carer and Public Involvement
Patients and carers have a vital role to play in increasing knowledge about the causes, treatment and consequences of stroke from prevention through to diagnosis, acute care and rehabilitation. We are committed to involving patients and carers at all levels of the organisation and within all levels of the research process.
Enabling people with aphasia to participate in research: resources for stroke researchers
One third of patients have communication problems after a stroke, this is known as aphasia. People who have aphasia are often excluded from participating in research studies due to the difficulties of recruiting patients into studies with this condition.
Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.
Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.
HeART of Stroke study trials the use of an arts approach to stroke rehabilitation in the Eastern region.
The Four Ps of Research is an approach to care and research for stroke patients adopted by the stroke research team at CRN: Yorkshire and Humber.
Clinical Research Specialty Lead Stroke
Dr Sissi Ispoglou
Patient, carer and public enquiries
Existing study enquiries - non-commercial
Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio