Strokes affect people in different ways and to different extents. No matter to what level a stroke has affected a loved one in your family, there are healthcare stroke services designed especially to help them get back on their feet and where possible, back to living a normal, independent life.
On this page we have identified all the NHS Stroke Support Services in Cambridgeshire, as well as the Stroke Support charities and groups that can help your family through the time following a stroke.
Cambridgeshire Stroke Support Services
Integrated Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team
The Neuro-rehabilitation team is a county-wide NHS initiative to integrate rehabilitative care for patients who have recently had a stroke, among other sudden-onset neurological conditions. The have 4 teams covering the whole county.
This multidisciplinary service including the expertise of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and psychology support systems, works to provide a high-quality and community-centric approach to neuro-rehabilitation. They work to achieve the best outcome for their patients and often take over from the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Teams if a patient needs more the 6 weeks of rehabilitation.
Some of the goals that the neuro-rehabilitation teams work towards include:
- Safe Independent living and self-management
- Achieving the most movement recovery possible
- Better access to integrated community care
- Education and information for patients, families and carers
Referral for this scheme is via a GP, healthcare professional or the ESD. You can find out more on Cambridgeshire Neuro-rehabilitation on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) website.
Addenbrooke’s Early Supported Discharge (ESD)
The Early Supported Discharge Service (ESD) is based out of Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge but has teams that operate across the county in Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke, and Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn Hospitals.
The ESD provides up to 6 weeks of rehabilitation for those who have had a mild stroke to help them get back home as quickly and as safely as possible. The service works closely with the Neuro-rehabilitation team to provide the best plan for patients after their discharge and involves specialist stroke nurses in addition to therapists trained in stroke care.
Patients will be referred to this service by their doctor or healthcare professional.
Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Around 1 in 3 people have Aphasia or some other form of communication difficulties following a stroke. The Adult Speech and Language Therapy service in Cambridgeshire helps adults who are struggling with speech, communication or swallowing following the effects of a stroke.
Their services can be provided a form that best suits the patient whether it be at home or as an in-/outpatient. They also work closely with the neuro-rehabilitation service to help reach as many people in need as possible.
Referrals do not necessarily have to be through a healthcare professional, although it is advised, as you are able to refer via email – cpm-tr.AdultSLT@nhs.net.
Visit the CPFT website to find out where Speech and Language Therapy services are provided in Cambridgeshire.
Peterborough Stroke Association
The Peterborough Stroke Association (SA) has two additional services for people in Peterborough who have experienced a stroke. For both services you should Hannah Rushton using the contact details below:
- Telephone: 01572 757 087
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroke Recovery Service
The Stroke Recovery Service provides practical and emotional support, advice and high-quality stroke information. This service is accessible to people who have had a stroke, their family and carers. They can provide a personalised plan to address physical needs and to help rebuild a stroke survivor’s life back to normality.
Help can be provided in the form of home visits and / or regular phone calls, leaflets and fact sheets. The Stroke Recovery service also can give assistance with accessing local leisure, social activities, and self-management tools.
Visit the Stroke Association Website to find out more.
The Stroke Association Communication Support Service works with those who have had a stroke who also are having difficulties with communication like aphasia. Their support sessions can take place as a group or as a 1 to 1 session, with similar people, stroke support coordinators and trained volunteers.
This service offers an opportunity to practice communication skills while also being a place to find information, advice, emotional support and signposting to local stroke support services.
Find out more on the Communication Support Service on the Stroke Association website.
Stroke Support Groups in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Stroke Support Groups can help to supplement the help you can get from services. Support groups introduce you to people who are going through similar things as you, who might sometimes be further along their stroke recovery journey and able to offer first hand advice.
Stroke Support groups can just be a simple coffee group but often members do group activities or practise rehabilitative exercises. Here you can find 4 such Stroke Support Groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Caring for someone with a stroke is challenging and can take a lot of energy. Age Space has a list of Carer Support Groups in Cambridgeshire than can help ease the experience.
Cambridge Stroke Group
The Cambridges Stroke Group was formed from the joint effort of Different Strokes and the Stroke Association. Run entirely by volunteers, this group holds drop-in meetings in a calm, informal and friendly environment. Stroke survivors, their family, carers and friends can talk about their experiences, share information and advice, aid each other’s recovery and promote independence. The group prides itself in providing social and emotional support.
Meetings take place on Thursdays between 1pm – 4pm at The David Rayner Centre, 120 Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, CB22 5JT. The Cambridge Stroke Group asks for a contribution of £3 for every session.
Peterborough Stroke Rehabilitation Exercise Group
This group helps their members with their physical rehabilitation as well as providing a space to feel emotionally supported by others. Every week the group goes through some chair-based exercises that can be adjusted for each individual’s mobility level. Whether the exercises are completed sitting or standing, light movement is proven to aid in stroke recovery.
The group meets every Monday between 11am – 12 noon at Hampton Leisure Centre, Clayburn Road, Peterborough, PE7 8HG. They ask for a £3 contribution per person.
- Email – email@example.com
- Telephone – 01733 863 600
- Peterborough Stroke Rehabilitation Website
These exercise groups help anyone struggling with their movement because of illness whether it be Parkinson’s, MS, or indeed following a stroke. The benefits of the classes include peer support, rehabilitation, help with memory and cognitive skills, balance, resistance work, mobility maintenance and communication support. The classes are led by trained professionals and has the added benefit of providing a carer with 2 hours away from their care responsibilities, to take some time for themselves.
Your elderly relative might be referred to Pos+Ability through a health professional but if they feel like they might benefit from the 2 hour classes, however, it is possible to self refer by using the contact details below. The first session is free and then £8 (£4/hour) following.
There are four groups that meet across South and East Cambridgeshire:
- When? 1:30am – 1:30pm
- Where? Histon Recreation Ground, 30 New Rd, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9EL
- When? 10am – 12noon and 12:30pm – 2:30pm
- Where? Soham Pavilion, Fountain Lane, Soham, CB7 5PL
- When? 10am – 12noon and 12:30pm – 2:30pm
- Where? Ely Community Centre (Larkfield), High Barns, Ely, CB7 4SB
- When? 10am – 12noon
- Where? Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, CB6 1EW
Wisbech & District Stroke Club
If your parent lives in the Wisbech area this stroke club is a great option to consider. The group offers peer support, advice, signposting among a range of activities including games, meals, outings, and talks from external speakers. It is a group someone can really enjoy attending every fortnight.
The group meets on the 2nd and last friday of the month between 1:15pm – 3pm at Wisbech Library, 5 Ely Place, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1EU.
Contact Brian Sandall to find out more about attending.