Warrington NHS Rehab Team announced as award finalist for pioneering stroke research

Warrington’s Community Neurosciences Team has been announced as a finalist in The Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2018 for its participation in a national four year Stroke study.

Warrington NHS Rehab Team

Warrington’s Community Neurosciences Team Leader Bernadette Mason and Occupational Therapist Marie Martland

The team, based at Orford Jubilee Park, has been recognised in The Best Community Research Contribution Category at the awards which are taking place on Thursday 22 November at Radisson Blu Hotel in Manchester City Centre.

The Community Neurosciences Team, delivered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater), consists of experienced health professionals who provide a highly specialist rehabilitation service for people with Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and other neurological conditions.

Team Leader Bernadette Mason and Occupational Therapist Marie Martland have been nominated for their hard work to initiate and support Bridgewater’s participation as a research site in a national four year study called RETAKE.

The study focuses on supporting patients to return to work after stroke through early, individually tailored rehabilitation.

Bernadette explains:

“According to The Stroke Association there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year and people of working age are two to three times more likely to be unemployed eight years after their stroke. The RETAKE national four year study aims to identify each individual patient’s role as a worker in the early stages of their rehabilitation after Stroke. Their rehabilitation strategies will be tailored to support them to return to work and the study will monitor them over 12 months to see if their return to work is successful.“

The team went through a competitive process to be chosen as a RETAKE study site and Bridgewater is the only community NHS trust in Greater Manchester currently involved.

Bridgewater’s Head of Research Rachel Hall added:

“I am delighted that the team has been recognised for its efforts to improve the outcomes for people who have suffered with Stroke.  Bernadette and Marie have shown incredible hard work and commitment to the study which began in July 2018. The team is currently working with stroke patients as part of the RETAKE study preparing them to return to work through specialist rehabilitation. Bernadette and Marie’s dedication to using research to benefit patient care is inspirational.”

Find out more about the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2018.

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