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Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice line Nurses

Advice line nurses are asking for your support in promoting their service to your patients and clinical colleagues this spring.

The remit of the CHSS Advice Line is to provide information, advice and support for those affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions, their families, carers and health professionals across Scotland.

Advice line can help you support your patients and their carers by offering a listening ear with no time limit to a call, discussing risk factors and healthy living choices, and providing advice based on SIGN/ NICE guidelines.  In addition, they can make referrals to CHSS support groups and signpost callers as appropriate to other organisations for local patient/ carer support.

This service is free to call from landlines and mobile phones on 0808 801 0899, and can save you time while helping you support and encourage the people you see living with long-term conditions to access the support and information that’s right for them.

If you would be willing to help distribute Advice Line cards and fridge magnets to your clinical colleagues, patients and carers, and display posters in your workplace, please email lynne.dalgleish@chss.org.uk with your address for a supply of promotional materials.

Useful Links:

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are committed to improving the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

Stroke Association
The Stroke Association are a charity committed to helping stroke survivors make the best possible recovery which is why they fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.

The Scottish Stroke Care Audit
The Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) checks the quality of stroke care in hospitals in Scotland. The SSCA is a national audit within the Quality Improvement Programme at ISD (Information Services Division of National Services Scotland).

Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum
The Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF) is for registered nurses with an interest in stroke (events / conferences are open to other health professionals).

Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professionals Forum (SSAHPF)
The main aim of the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum is to promote the 'highest quality of rehabilitation for people with stroke'
Membership is open to AHPs and AHP Support Workers, with an interest in stroke, and AHP students (final year undergraduates and postgraduates) working or studying in Scotland. Membership is free and can be applied for online at http://www.chss.org.uk/ssahp_forum/

The Stroke Elf
Launched in December 2014, The Stroke Elf is a great way to make research more accessible and encourage discussion about research. If you are interested or want further information, please email Professor Madeleine Grealy at m.grealy@strath.ac.uk

Database of Research in Stroke (Doris) - Update September 2014
Why not try out DORIS if you have not previously used it.  It requires only a simple registration and is already being used by over 400 health professionals and researchers. DORIS can be found at http://www.askdoris.org

Chest, Heart and Stroke Virtual Stroke Group
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland’s new initiative Stroke Chat Scotland, is a virtual stroke group for people affected by stroke in Scotland.
If you would like to learn more please log on to http://www.chss.org.uk/forums/

Different Strokes
Different Strokes is a National Charity launched in 1996 by younger stroke survivors for the purposes of self-help and mutual support. Recognising the need for a wider choice of services for the younger stroke survivor which can be a traumatic and devastating experience, Different Strokes helps stroke survivors of working age to optimise their recovery, take control of their own lives and regain as much independence as possible by offering 'rehabilitative services', information and advice.