Stroke patients asked to share their views to shape future healthcare

Patients who have suffered a stroke are being invited to share their experiences in the hope of shaping future decisions about healthcare.

The Stroke Community Support Services Engagement event is being jointly organised by NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and takes place at Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford, on Monday, 7 April, from 3pm to 5pm.

The two CCGs want to hear from those who have suffered a stroke, what their experiences were and what they think about community support services. They also want people to share their views about what would make life easier for them – now and in the future.

As well as stroke patients, carers and service users, as well as health and social care professionals, organisations and patient groups are also being invited to give their opinions.

Both NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts CCGs are committed to involving local people in helping to shape health services and sharing their views, so that they can really learn from their experiences - both good and bad.

The Stroke Community Support Services Engagement event will also be an opportunity for different people to meet each other and find out more about the work CCGs and how they can have a say in the important decisions they make about healthcare services.

Dr Matt Fay, GP lead for long-term conditions at NHS Bradford Districts CCG said: “We know how devastating stroke can be so it’s important for patients to have access to the best possible services that not only meet their needs but also give them the vital support they require to recover from the effects of a stroke.

“We want to make the best decisions we can, based on people’s views, experiences and requirements so we really hope that people will come along to this event. We are ready to listen to what they have to say.”

If you would like to tell the CCGs about your experiences in relation to stroke, please contact: engage@bradford.nhs.uk