Wiltshire’s ‘Exercise after Stroke’ 14 week pilot (a partnership between NHS Wiltshire, DC Leisure and Wiltshire Council) started in September 2011 offering local stroke survivors the opportunity to participate in a class specifically designed to promote recovery. Following an initial assessment 12 stroke survivors attended once a week for 12 weeks with each session followed by a social/coffee break for participants and carers.
- Timed Up and Go – time taken to stand up from a chair, walk 3 metersaround an object and back to the chair to sit down.
- There was a 38% improvement in time taken for each participant.
Stroke Impact Scale – how the participant feels the stroke impacts on their life:
- physical problems gained a 14% improvement;
- mobility gained an 11% improvement;
- participation gained a 21% improvement;
- recovery gained a 31% improvement; and
- psychological perceptions of recovery from stroke saw a 33% improvement.
Participants are still seeing and feeling the benefits 6 months later.Carers also benefited from being able to share experiences and problems – “a great support”. 11 of the 12 participants have graduated to the maintenance class (one lost due to illness), and 9 new participants have started on the second programme.
The pilot project was awarded the Wiltshire Health Improvement Partnership Award, February 2012, for contribution to improving physical activity in adults.