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UCLan researchers featured on national platform showcasing stroke research

20 February 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Professor Caroline Watkins is leading the international specialist study

Pic (l-r): Joyce Kim, Project Manager for Headpost from the George Institute for Global Health and UCLan's Professor Caroline Watkins.

An international study, led in the UK by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) researchers, is being featured as part of a new online resource launched today by the National Institute for Health Research which aims to give the public an insight into the great work being done in the NHS to tackle stroke.

In the North West there are 14,600 strokes per year and over 157,000 people living with stroke. Last year nearly 300 patients in Cumbria and Lancashire took part in stroke research, helping doctors and researchers to get an insight into many different aspects of the condition.

“HEADPOST will hopefully give us the best nursing methods for different types of stroke and ultimately lead to improved care for stroke patients. It’s a really exciting project."

The study titled ‘HEADPOST’ is a worldwide nursing care study which examines whether stroke patients should be laid down or sat up when admitted to hospital. The study will recruit 20,000 patients globally including 5,000 in the UK.

Co-Investigator on the study Professor Caroline Watkins, Director of the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit and Professor of Stroke and Older People’s Care at the School of Health at UCLan, said: “HEADPOST will hopefully give us the best nursing methods for different types of stroke and ultimately lead to improved care for stroke patients. It’s a really exciting project and it’s great to be able to offer the opportunity to take part to patients in the UK.

“I am delighted to share a platform with some of country’s key researchers in stroke. I hope the new online resource helps to raise awareness of clinical research in our region and encourage more patients across the country to take part."

Professor Caroline Watkins’ study is one of many studies mentioned at www.FocusOnStroke.nihr.ac.uk  which allows visitors to discover the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle stroke.