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The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
The Brain Support Network
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The Brain Support Network

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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 • sam@samvanrood.com

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