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									           Stroke Voices Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1

     Introduction to Stroke Voices


     Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has
     committed to using our expertise, contacts and
     experience to promote and facilitate patient
     and carer involvement in chest, heart and
     stroke services across Scotland. CHSS has
     formed an association with the Different
     Strokes to develop, over a two year period,
     the Stroke Voices training programme.


     The project will develop training sessions for patients and carers in
     order to empower them to become meaningfully involved in the
     delivery of healthcare and service planning. The Stroke Voices will
     also provide a register of interested patients and carers and a
     newsletter; both of which can be utilised in connecting patient/carer
     representatives and the organisations and bodies seeking consultation.


     Stroke Voices aims also to support the education of healthcare bodies,
     organisations and voluntary organisations on the importance of patient/
     carer involvement by producing and disseminating good practice
     guidelines for stroke patient and carer involvement.


     The entire project is modeled on the already high successful Hearty
     Voices Scotland programme.




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Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, 65 North Castle Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 3LT, 0131 225 6963; Chest Heart and Stroke
Scotland and CHSS are operating names of The Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Scotland, a registered Scottish Charity.
                                     Registration No SCO18761. www.chss.org.uk
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     Hearty Voices Scotland (HVS)


     Hearty Voices Scotland was established in partnership with the British
     Heart Foundation is already well recognised throughout Scotland. This
     has achieved the following to date:


                  150 heart patients/carers across Scotland have completed the
                  HVS Training Day
                  230 heart patient/carers have benefited from HVS Taster
                  Sessions
                  HVS Training has been undertaken in 11 NHS Boards areas so
                  far
                  HVS has an established Steering Group led by heart patients
                  and carers providing direction and recommendations to the
                  project
                  HVS supports, and in some areas established, Managed
                  Clinical Networks Patient/Carer Involvement Groups across
                  Scotland
                  HVS is endorsed as an example of best practice by the
                  Scottish Health Council
                  A HVS National Conference was led held in November 2007 –
                  in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and supported
                  by the Scottish Health Council.




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Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, 65 North Castle Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 3LT, 0131 225 6963; Chest Heart and Stroke
Scotland and CHSS are operating names of The Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Scotland, a registered Scottish Charity.
                                     Registration No SCO18761. www.chss.org.uk
             Stroke Voices Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1



         Funding for Stroke Voices


         The project has been funded by the Scottish Government and
         allocated through the National Advisory Committee for Stroke
         Scotland.


         Project Manager


         CHSS is hosting a part-time secondment of 20 hours per week to an
         established healthcare professional, specialising in the stroke field,
         over a two year period as Stroke Voices Project Manager. The Project
         Manager is to lead the development of the training resources to meet
         the needs of all stroke patients and carers, regardless of ability. This
         appointment was awarded to Juliet MacKellaig in June 2008.


         Stroke Voices Project Steering Group


         The project steering group met for the first time on 28th August 2008 and
         was introduced to the project and also consulted on


                    barriers to training for those who have had a stroke,
                    venue requirements for training
                    maximum length of a training session for those who have had
                    a stroke
                    numbers of facilitators required for training
                    whether carers or buddies should be included in the training
                    and what role they might play

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 Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, 65 North Castle Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 3LT, 0131 225 6963; Chest Heart and Stroke
 Scotland and CHSS are operating names of The Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Scotland, a registered Scottish Charity.
                                      Registration No SCO18761. www.chss.org.uk
           Stroke Voices Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1



     Stroke Voices Project Steering Group continued


     The group was also introduced to the ethos of Inclusive
     Communication from the chair of Communication Forum Scotland
     and asked to endorse this approach for the training.


     Keep up to date with the Stroke Voices


     The project will be reporting to the National Advisory Committee for
     Stroke Scotland and the Scottish Government on a regular basis. If
     you would like to be included in an email update on a six monthly
     basis, please advise us and you will be included in the mailing list.


     If you would like to be included in any consultations, again please
     advise the Project Manager, Juliet MacKellaig on receipt of this email
     (juliet.mackellaig@chss.org.uk).




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Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, 65 North Castle Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 3LT, 0131 225 6963; Chest Heart and Stroke
Scotland and CHSS are operating names of The Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Scotland, a registered Scottish Charity.
                                     Registration No SCO18761. www.chss.org.uk

								
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