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A stroke quality improvement rehabilitation project lead by Here in partnership with Sussex Health and Care providers and key stakeholders.

What we do

We are excited to share one of our latest projects that’s bringing people together across Sussex to support those who have been affected by stroke.

The Stroke Health and Wellbeing Service is being delivered by Here in collaboration with Sussex Integrated Stroke Delivery Network (ISDN) and NHS Sussex. Working in partnership with SCFT, UHSx, voluntary sector organisations (including The Stroke Association, Say Aphasia and Sussex Headway), people with lived experience and partners across the system on a focused co-design and learning process. The project is funded by SQUIRE NHS England.

Through a series of workshops across the year we will learn together and collaborate to develop innovations and test new ways of working.

Over the next year, this project is testing a series of innovations to transform stroke services in Brighton & Hove and HWLH so that:
  • People have access to the support and care they need 7 days a week, regardless of who they are or where they live.
  • People experience a truly integrated and personalised care journey that puts “what matters” to them at the centre of their care, and proactively pays attention to the health inequalities that exist in the world.
  • We build a model that is both sustainable and replicable and that puts the collation and sharing of learning at the heart.

Why we do it?

We believe care should be personalised to each person and that their care is shaped around what matters most to them.

Where we do it

Brighton & Hove and High Weald, Lewes and Havens

How we do it?

The project is delivering three innovative and complimentary transformation packages:

Innovative workforce solutions 
Reviewing the skill mix within the current pathways, challenging the system norms, and exploring innovative workforce solutions including non-clinical first contact support workers.


Increasing reablement
Scoping ways of increasing reablement using a novel workforce, including student placements, voluntary sector and domiciliary care.


Health Builders 
Implementing lived experience Health Builders into the service to build the foundations of personalised care. 


Latest Updates and News:

Our second Stroke Workshop

In April we ran our second workshop and brought together partners from across different sectors as well as people with lived experience of stroke to share their ideas to help us shape the next stage of the project.

We progressed our design around Innovative Workforce Solutions preparing for our new Stroke Support Worker to start in post. We also began thinking about how we can meaningfully involve Health Builders and people with lived experience across the project.

As part of our learning prior to the workshop we met with the Four Deans Stroke Club in Brighton, part of the Stroke Association groups network.

Listen here to a recording of the conversation about their experiences of stroke, stroke services and what matters most:

Interested in becoming a Stroke Health Builder? 

Could you help us create community led health services and become a Health Builder?

Perhaps you have an interest in healthcare and have lived experience of stroke, either personally or for someone you care for.

We believe that citizen’s voices can lead the way in driving, delivering, and supporting change. We’re looking to work collaboratively with people who want to improve local healthcare to ensure services are shaped to meet real needs. 

You’ll be part of a busy organisation that takes action to meet the needs of different people and promotes environments in which everyone can belong, feel respected, be valued for who they are, and feel able to make the most of their role. Our values guide everything we do at Here. 

These are some of the skills and characteristics we are looking for:  

  • An interest in healthcare, health, and wellbeing 
  • A curious nature and open mind 
  • Ability to listen to different people including those living with diverse conditions and from different backgrounds
  • Have the courage to be honest, ask questions and reflect upon new knowledge 
  • Ability to draw on personal experience and expertise
  • Contribute to creating exceptional care for everyone

But if you feel you can add value to our work in other ways, we’d love to hear from you!

Be involved as much or as little as you like. We will support you as far as we can to make the difference you want to make. 

Could you help us create community led health services?
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A big thank you to our partners:

NHS Sussex, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, NHS England, Stroke Association, Headway Sussex, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network