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  • 1. The need: overview • 150,000 people suffer strokes each year in the UK • A stroke occurs when life-giving blood is blocked from the brain, effectively suffocating it • Many stroke victims suffer paralysis and lose the use of one half of their body • Stroke is the UK’s biggest cause of disability • More and more young people are suffering strokes • 50% of stroke survivors suffer clinical depression
  • 2. The need: my story • At 35 years old (March 1st 2009) I had a massive stroke • At first, I couldn’t walk, talk or eat. I was left alone, terrified and confused, unsure if I could rebuild my life • Now, after 18 months of intense and painful therapy, I can walk, talk and look after myself and almost function normally • A key step in my recovery was meeting other young stroke survivors, who gave me hope and the belief that I could rebuild my life – BUT this did not happen for over a year because there is no UK network to link stroke victims & stroke survivors
  • 3. The answer: the network • Matching up new stroke victims with the army of stroke survivors who are ready, willing and able to help • The network will match people by age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc – whatever matters to the stroke survivor • The network will create systemic change, placing people who empathise, understand and care deeply into the heart of NHS stroke care
  • 4. Business model • Phase 1: provide a service, measure and quantify the impact of mentoring versus normal care – Eg patients recover 3 months earlier, saving £xxx – US evidence suggests mentoring works • Phase 2: offer the service to Hospital Trusts – Many charities are funded for the services they provide to NHS Trusts (eg Macmillan Cancer Care)
  • 5. Stage of development • Concept and • Have considerable support from medical community – Advisory Board members recruited so far include • Fiona Godlee, Editor of British Medical Journal, • Prof Patrick Gompertz, one of the world’s leading stroke consultants • Not yet incorporated
  • 6. What we need now • People with skills to build the technological backbone of the network • Assistance in applying for initial seed funding • Help to write a detailed business plan
  • 7. About me • Worked as the UK’s leading male dating expert/coach, aka ‘The Love Doctor’ • Internationally published author • Was the founding project manager of ‘Faculty of 1000 Medicine’, a network linking the world’s top medical scientists • Available to work full-time on the project subject to the constraints of the stroke
  • 8. Contact details • Sam van Rood • 07951 886 434 •