Childhood stroke guideline launch

The Stroke in childhood clinical guideline has launched today (24 May 2017) with the full clinical guideline, key recommendations and a parent/carer guideline made publicly available. The guideline was prepared by the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health’s (RCPCH) multi-professional Stroke in Childhood Guideline Development Group (GDG) of which The Children’s Trust was a stakeholder and Dr Lorna Wales, Research Professional Lead at The Children's Trust, was a member (representing the College of Occupational Therapists). Maggie Clancy, Director of Clinical Services at The Children's Trust, said: “We hope these much-needed guidelines will result in timely and effective rehabilitation treatment for every child who has had a stroke. It’s vital that these recommendations are implemented as soon as possible, to ensure children with a brain injury caused by stroke, are able to maximise their recovery.” Stroke affects approximately 400 children in the UK every year and Lorna explained the new guideline reflects the best and most up-to-date evidence or clinical practice. It is structured to be relevant to the patient journey and provides parents/carers with information, signposting them to relevant support agencies for example. Funded by the Stroke Association, the guideline covers children and young people aged 29 days to 18 years (at the time of presentation). It was launched at the RCPCH Annual Conference (24-26 May) in Birmingham.

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