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‘As the red carpet’s rolled back for another year after arguably the western world’s most anticipated and celebrated award ceremony, we take a look back at some of our very own deserving OSCARSS winners…’
Since January 2017, we have been working closely with Stroke Association service teams across England and Northern Ireland as part of our Organising Support for Carers of Stroke Survivors (OSCARSS) research study, evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to identify and support carer needs.
Research has suggested that informal caregivers for stroke in the UK provide care worth up to £2.5 billion per year, which can come at a great personal cost to carers, threatening their physical health, family and social networks; finances and emotional wellbeing. As such, it is vitally important that informal carers have their needs appropriately identified and supported, yet it is unclear how best that can be achieved. In order to address that, the OSCARSS team has worked in partnership with Stroke Association staff, stroke carers, as part of a research user group, and other experts to provide evidence about the impact different approaches to identifying and supporting carer needs have on carer outcomes, health and social care costs, together with information about how support is delivered in practice.
As such, over the course of the past 14 months, we have been busy collecting questionnaire and interview data from hundreds of stroke carers across England and Northern Ireland through referrals made by Stroke Association coordinators and service teams. Throughout that time, their support has proved invaluable, so much so that in order to show our appreciation, the OSCARSS Awards were launched in April 2017.
So, following the glitz and glamour of perhaps the most revered international film awards ceremony, bearing a very similar name, what better time to shine a spotlight on our very own OSCARSS winners from the past year and thank them for their outstanding contribution in a best supporting role?..
OSCARSS Award Winners 2017 -18:
- ‘Speediest’ Referral Post Training – Stoke and North Staffordshire team
- East Lancashire team
- In the supporting role of Aiding with Data Queries – Cass Sanders, stroke association Services and Contracts Lead Information officer
- Peggy Johns, Stroke Association Coordinator (Reading and Wokingham)
- 300th Referral – Kent team
- Gateshead team
- 200th consented carer – Kate Yearsley, Stroke Association Coordinator (Grantham and South West Lincolnshire)
- Chester team
- 400th referral Hilary Wood, Stroke Association Coordinator (Central Bedfordshire)
- 500th referral Beth Hall, Stroke Association Coordinator (Harrow)
AND, HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR THIS MONTH… March 2018
- Knowsley team
- Northern Ireland team
- Hartlepool team
- North Devon team
The OSCARSS team at CLAHRC Greater Manchester would like to thank all of the award winners, Stroke Association coordinators, service teams and carers themselves for their continued support and contribution; we look forward to presenting many more OSCARSS awards to come.
Date Published: 06/03/2018