Following the successful relaunch of the CC4H project by CATCH members and colleagues in March 2021 there is a newly anticipated project go-live date of June 2021 with stroke survivors for a 12-month pilot.

The Sheffield Community Stroke Service (CSS) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, delivers home based rehabilitation and wants to develop a Band 4 Specialist Rehabilitation Assistant role. This new role would enable them to carry out assessment and therapy tasks with patients who have had a mild stroke, whilst being directed in real time by a registered therapist who would have traditionally undertaken the role. Sensory Technologies eShift® will be used to support and enable a workforce transformation, aiming to provide a service that improves the quality, safety and efficiency of care within the stroke pathway. During the past 5 years, we have successfully co designed and implemented a new model of nursing for end of life patients at St Luke’s hospice utilising the same digital platform for delegation and direction. This new project will be evaluated by the same team at the University of Sheffield led by Dr Steven Ariss.

We have made good progress on the new service, despite the delays to the pilot programme caused by Covid-19 in the spring and summer. Through working with the research team, we have laid out the plans for how the new service should run, and by including the service users and professionals in a series of co-design workshops we have made sure that all the relevant needs are being addressed. There are a number of benefits to the new service, with the most advantageous being that the service user has remote access to a much wider range of specialist therapists, who can offer their recommendations to specific cases. Please find a walkthrough of the process from start to finish and all the participants who will be involved at each step.

Following the relaunch of the CC4H project we have a number of workshops to run, clinical training and safety training and integration meetings with STH, Sensory Technology and TPP.

Unfortunately, our NIHR application was unsuccessful so we will be expanding our implementation across the ICS South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw utilising NIHR CLAHRC SY legacy funding.

Professor Sue Mawson, Dr Ali Ali STH NHS FT, Dr Joe Langley SHU, Dr Steve Ariss, Natalie Jones PhD student and Clinical Academic.