Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability with around 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK. Its incidence is rising in young adults aged between 40 to 69 years, with 26% of stroke survivors under the age of 65 in the UK population. More than half of young stroke survivors experience a cognitive deficit following stroke, impacting their ability to return to work.

The aim of this research project is to develop a digital intervention to facilitate successful return to work in young stroke survivors.

million stroke survivors in the UK
of UK stroke survivors are under the age of 65.

Digital interventions to support rehabilitation

The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) focuses on the importance of digital healthcare delivery, considering the access to health care services and the increasing workload of healthcare staff.

A person on a tablet device

This project will focus on increasing rehabilitation time for young stroke survivors through the use of digital intervention to complement their standard care.

Dysfunction of executive function is considered to be the most important factor impacting post stroke employability in young adults.

This project will explore what makes a successful digital intervention to support the creation of a bespoke return to work digital cognitive intervention, focusing on job-specific cognitive tasks and skills needed for successful reintegration into the workforce.

The intervention will be developed with a range of stakeholders including young stroke survivors and vocational rehabilitators.