Bridges – Living with stroke

Bridges Team

Dr Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, is the founder of the ‘Bridges’ self-management programme, developed from a programme of research in stroke since 2008. Bridges was  launched as a social enterprise from Kingston and St George’s in 2013 and exists to make a difference to the lives of people who live with long-term conditions by working with health, social care and third sector teams to define and deliver best practice in self-management support.

Bridges has resulted in significant changes to the practice of post-stroke practitioners who have implemented the programme’s person-centred and self-management approaches to care. The scheme was adopted as a priority project by the National Stroke Improvement plan in 2009 (under its previous title of “Stepping Out”) and has been cited as an exemplary case study in the ‘Life after Stroke’ commissioning guidance for the National Health Service in London in 2010. Bridges was launched as the Faculty’s first social enterprise project in 2013.

The Bridges approach includes an innovative and evidence-based model of integrated self-management support now used by more than 80 rehabilitation teams across the UK, New Zealand and Australia, it includes;

  1. Developing and delivering bespoke training for rehabilitation teams working in community and acute settings
  2. Supported by unique, co-produced self-management tools for patients and their families and friends, and
  3. Innovative research and service development projects in the area of self-management support/change management consultancy services and monitoring and evaluation expertise

The self-management tools are a useful adjunct but the core of the approach addresses how individual practitioners and teams work together towards a common approach to self-management support.