Stroke improvement plan 2023

Sets out our priorities and the actions we will take to minimise preventable strokes and ensure timely and equitable access to life-saving treatment and a person centred, holistic approach to care that supports rehabilitation.

1. Ministerial Foreword

The Stroke Improvement Plan 2023 seeks to build on the previous Stroke Improvement Plan, published in 2014. Since the publication of the 2014 plan, we have made significant progress in many areas of stroke care.

However, stroke remains a leading cause of death and disability in Scotland, and we are committed to doing more to improve outcomes for those who have suffered a stroke.

In The Stroke Improvement Plan 2023 we set out our vision of minimising preventable strokes and ensuring timely and equitable access to life-saving treatment. Additionally, the plan places renewed emphasis on the importance of the provision of holistic care, particularly in the approach to rehabilitation, and ensuring the psychological impacts of stroke are given renewed prominence in stroke care.

I would like to thank the clinical staff and third sector organisations who have contributed their feedback to the development of the Stroke Improvement Plan 2023. I would also like to thank those individuals with lived experience of stroke who have shared their experiences and helped shape the priorities and commitments in this plan.

Underpinning the implementation of this plan will be collaboration between the Scottish Government, NHS Boards and third sector organisations.

I am clear that stroke must remain a priority for Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. Delivering this plan will be crucial to that continued prioritisation.

Jenni Minto, MSP

Minister for Public Health and Women's Health



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