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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11183: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that people recovering from stroke receive a whole care pathway approach that is consistent with international recommended practice.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 September 2017

Our Health and Social Care Delivery Plan published in December 2016 sets out our aim for Scotland to provide high quality services with a focus on prevention, early intervention and supported self-management. It is about ensuring that those who use services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey.

Our Stroke Improvement Plan (2014); http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/08/9114 which aims to improve stroke treatment and care across the whole patient pathway in Scotland, based on the best available evidence.

We expect stroke patients to be provided with rehabilitation care in line with the recommendations in Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) Guideline 118, which focuses on rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning.

SIGN Guidelines are developed through rigorous processes to review evidence including international sources. The Guideline provides recommendations on best practice in the management of stroke rehabilitation in the first 12 months after stroke.