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The Brain Support Network



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  • 1.
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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)
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Contact details
    Sam van Rood
    07951 886 434