28th October 2016 – Development of new community stroke team – blog part 2

Posted on October 20, 2016 by AireAdmin No Comments

Well another month on, and oh, how much things have progressed! – our new community stroke team is set to see patients this month. Each post within our new community stroke team has been recruited to and there are start dates for all, over the next few weeks. The plan is to have all the team in place by mid-October. They are myself and other team leader, a physio, an occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, psychologist and three trainee assistant practitioners (TAPs) who cover all therapies. We will work closely with Pam Beaumont, nurse specialist and stroke nurse Karen Martin on ward 5.

The three trainee assistant practitioners (TAP) have just started their university course – they all have a mix of nerves and excitement but are also aware of the fantastic opportunity it is to be part of a team right from the start.

We’re busy looking at paperwork, referral pathways competencies and how to make a kitchen into an office – all good fun and soooo exciting!

I feel like I am living and breathing this new community stroke team, even my husband is starting to question why there are so many post-it notes around the house.

We plan to start treating patients from the stroke unit next week and cascading the pathway to our colleagues in Bradford. We’re looking forward to introducing our new team at the stroke governance group in Bradford in November.


By Carol Blackwell, team leader for community stroke service at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


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