What will the Stroke Network be doing over the next two years?

The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario recently released its 2017-19 Regional Stroke Workplan. Many partners contributed to key successes in the previous workplan including the implementation of region-wide access to Acute Stroke Units and Endovascular Treatment (EVT), as well as standardized measurement of Rehabilitation Therapy Intensity. A regional community consultation “What We Heard” helped to inform this new plan in addition to our regional stroke care performance. Please have a look at the new plan and let us know what you think!The plan supports the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care and covers the stroke care continuum across four planning areas. Oversight is provided by the Regional Stroke Steering Committee.2017-19 Workplan Priorities:Hyperacute Care: Build equitable regional access to thrombolysis and endovascular thrombectomyCommunity & Outpatient Rehabilitation: Optimize services and establish collaborative delivery modelsPrimary Care and Vascular Health:  Support integrated and collaborative action plans with Primary CareSecondary Stroke Prevention Clinics: Maximize timely access to secondary stroke preventionWorkplan objectives will also sustain and build on the following:Region-wide access to Acute Stroke Unit CareQuality inpatient stroke rehabilitation services and effective transitions across the care continuumCommunity & LTC initiatives that optimize quality of life for stroke survivors & caregiversPartnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to promote FAST, awareness of stroke warning signsThe workplan includes four types of activity:1. Implementing System Change to Support Best Practice2. Monitoring and Sustaining Change3. Building Connections and Transitions4. Facilitating Stroke Expertise and Knowledge Translation