Members of the Stroke Research Team from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing recently visited New Delhi and met with their collaborators for the NIHR Global Health Research Group for Improving Stroke Care in India at UCLan programme.  

The three-year research programme is led by the University and is a collaborative partnership with The George Institute for Global Health in India, existing stroke units at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana; All India Institute for Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum and other stroke researchers from the UK, India and Australia.

The visit involving all collaborators took place, to review, prioritise and progress work in order to assist with planning and scheduling of the programme of research.  This was followed by attendance at and presentation of abstracts relating to the work at the Indian National Stroke Conference. Collaborators also delivered a Masterclass focusing on stroke research and evidence for best practice which was well attended by conference delegates and resulted in thought provoking discussion with the panel of speakers.

Patient and Carer Involvement (PCPI) is recognised as a valuable but as yet is an unfamiliar concept within Indian Health Services. The Global Health Research Group aims to put patients and carers at the heart of all they do. To this end they held an engagement event at AIIMS, a public hospital. Approximately 40 patients and their carers attended the event and gave first-hand accounts of their individual stories and experience. These accounts were of direct relevance to development, implementation and evaluation within the research programme and will inform plans for further engagement activities.

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