A TRAINER from the Stroke Association has been handed a national award for the work he has done on developing the first formal qualifications for stroke carers.
James Benson, from Bromsgrove, was honoured at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) annual awards for his work in stroke care, which has seen him develop an integrated programme of training, educational standards and qualifications. He was given the CSP’s accolade for Integrated Health and Social Care.
The qualifications, developed with the stroke training team, have allowed carers – from both community and residential settings – to specialise in stroke-specific care.
That has led to a students having a heightenend understanding on how to identify the signs of stroke and the project received acclaim from the awarding body NCFE – Northern Council for Further Education.
Dale Webb, the Stroke Association’s director of research and information, said the oganisation was delighted James, who served in the army before becoming a physiotherapist, had been recognised for everything he had achieved.
“The programme developed by James and the team looks at the emotional and physical requirements of stroke survivors, how to communicate effectively and how to actively prevent the occurrence of future strokes, ensuring better care for all.”
He added the nature of stroke meant everone who suffered one had their own individual care needs which was why it was crucial carers had a rounded understanding of the condition.
Sue Rees, chair of council at the CSP, said: “The work James has done within the stroke training team has undoubtedly enhanced patient dignity and standards of care within the stroke care field.”
She added staff who completed the courses had enhanced skills, knowledge and empathy which was essential to providing high quality care to stroke survivors.
Visit http://www.stroke.org.uk/training for more on stroke and the scheme.