Dr Fiona Jones, Reader, Rehabilitation Sciences and Founder, Bridges, is now founding partner of a new international stroke self-management network.

Dr Fiona Jones

The Scottish Government’s National Advisory Committee on Stroke has funded the researchers in Glasgow Caledonian University along with partners in the University of Southampton and Kingston and St George’s University in London, to establish an international, interdisciplinary network of stroke researchers, practitioners, policy makers, patients, carers and family members.

The online Stroke Self-Management Network, to be up and running early in 2015, will encourage collaboration on new research into stroke self-management and how to put it into practice, and enable greater connection between researchers and practitioners working within the field.

Self-management interventions for stroke survivors can have a positive impact on quality of life. Healthcare practitioners are well placed to lead the way in promoting, encouraging and supporting stroke survivors’ engagement in self-management. However, there is limited guidance available on the design, feasibility and acceptability, and delivery and implementation, of stroke self-management interventions in practice.

The network will be officially launched at the very prestigious UK Stroke Forum 2014 to be held on 2-4, December 2014 in Harrogate. Read more about the network here.

Dr Fiona Jones has earlier developed Bridges, a stroke self-management programme. This was designed in response to a need for improved longer term support for stroke survivors.