Residents have their say to improve stroke services

Hoxton’s Graeae Theatre was the setting for the latest ‘Let’s Talk’ health event on 5 February, aimed at improving local support and services for residents affected by stroke.

Hosted by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Hackney Council, the afternoon event was attended by over 70 City and Hackney residents who shared their experiences of stroke services – at home or in the community – during a series of discussion workshops.

Attendees, who may have had a stroke or care for someone who has had a stroke, shared their thoughts on how the NHS, the local authority and other organisations could change and improve current services to help more residents recover and live with the impact of stroke following hospital treatment.

The feedback from ‘Let’s Talk’ attendees will be considered as part of the planning for community stroke services.

Sally MacVinish, from Hackney Council’s Public Health team, said: "When considering how to adapt community stroke support it’s important to listen to the experiences and views of people who have been affected locally. Thanks to the feedback from attendees, we now have a better understanding of the ongoing support needed by people affected by stroke, which will help shape future services."

Victoria Olaku, a Hackney resident who attended ‘Let’s Talk’, said: “This event was well organised and it shows how many people are affected by stroke. It’s really important for people to be able to shape the services they use and to find out about what’s available to support them.”

Over 200 residents took part in a series of ‘Let’s Talk’ events last year which were organised by the CCG and local authorities with providers and charities who are working together to provide health and care services as part of ‘integrated care’. This aims to provide great services by making money go further while using the skills and experience of health and care staff to join services together.

To find out more about integrated care and how you can have your say on the future of health and care services in City and Hackney, visit the City and Hackney CCG website: