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    The Brain Support Network The Brain Support Network Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Contact details
      Sam van Rood
      07951 886 434
      sam@samvanrood.com