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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-35031

Date lodged: 8 February 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what obligations NHS boards have to provide rehabilitation to patients who become disabled as a result of a stroke; how NHS boards determine a programme of rehabilitation for each patient, and how patients who have had a stroke are able to know that they have received all the relevant treatment to achieve their recovery potential.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 25 February 2021


The Stroke and Heart Disease Improvement Plans (2014) recognises the importance of specialist rehabilitation and the need for the delivery of services to support people living with stroke and heart disease and their families.

We expect NHS Boards to appropriately plan and deliver high quality, safe effective and person centred services including stroke rehabilitation services and to regularly review these to maintain the high levels of quality and safety that people in Scotland expect and deserve.

We continue to work in partnership with NHS boards, the voluntary sector and a range of providers across health and social care to help ensure people who have experienced a stroke receive access to the care and support they need to help them return to independent living.

The National Advisory Committee on Stroke (NACS) has established a Rehabilitation sub-group to focus on improving the delivery of stroke rehabilitation, both in hospital and the community and advise on how rehabilitation can best be delivered as part of a progressive stroke service.