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WSA webinar - Developing stroke care services in West Africa
Overview of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership Experience developing stroke services at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra

Agenda:

- Introduction by co-chairs from Ghana / UK
- Background to WGSP, outline of our journey, timeline of achievements - UK partner
- Overview of skills training and dissemination - interview / discussion between Ghanaian & UK partners
- Overview of leadership training and dissemination - interview / discussion between Ghanaian & UK partners
- Summary - Ghanaian partner
- Q&A hosted by co-chairs
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Speakers

Lucy Sykes
Consultant Stroke Physician @Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr. Lucy Sykes holds FRCP (UK) Geriatric Medicine, and works as a Consultant Stroke Physician at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. As well as clinical medicine, Lucy has an active interest in Medical Education and the positive impact of this on patient care within a health service. Lucy has been part of the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership since 2011, becoming enthusiastically involved with multiple aspects of the Partnership's progress including numerous visits to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Albert Akpalu
Senior Lecturer | Head of Neurology and Neurophysiology @School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana | KBTH
Dr Albert Akpalu is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana and Head of Neurology and Neurophysiology, KBTH. He was the first head of the Stroke unit at KBTH 2014-2016 and takes a keen interest in stroke education and MDT team care. He was PI of SIREN Phenomics (Stroke Investigative Research Network) – the largest study on stroke in Africa. Dr Akpalu holds an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (ION, UCL) and FRCP (Lon).
Louise Johnson
Consultant Therapist in Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation @Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK.
Louise is a Consultant Therapist in Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK. She has worked in stroke care for over 10 years, with experience across both acute and community services. She completed her PhD (Motor Learning) at the University of Southampton in 2014. Louise was involved in the initial visit to Accra in 2009, and has been actively involved in the partnership ever since.
Claire Fullbrook-Scanlon
Consultant Nurse in Stroke Care | Senior Lecturer @at the Royal United Hospital in Bath | Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England
Claire qualified as a registered general nurse from Frenchay Hospital, Bristol in 1989. Her qualifications include, BSc(Hons) in Community Nursing, MSc Public Health, and Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She worked in acute psychiatry of old age, and as a ward manager of the elderly ward before becoming involved in research. In 2003 Claire became a Consultant Nurse in Stroke Care at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and also works as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England. She joined WGSP in January 2015.
Clare Gordon
Clinical Academic nurse | Senior Research Fellow | Consultant Nurse in Stroke @University of Central Lancashire | Royal Preston Hospital
Clare is a Clinical Academic nurse, working as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and as a Consultant Nurse in Stroke at Royal Preston Hospital. Since 1999 she has worked with neurological patients, and has over 15 years of working within stroke care. She has experience in both acute and rehabilitation stroke care. Clarecompleted her PhD in 2020 (person-centred care) She has been part of WGSP since 2010.
Dorothy Anane
Ward matron of the stroke unit | THET clinical educator @Korle-Bu teaching hospital
Dorothy has worked as a general nurse (adults) in the Korle-Bu teaching hospital for 25 years. A registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery, psychology and education, she is currently working as ward matron of the stroke unit and as THET clinical educator (WGSP). She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Fellow West Africa College of Nurses and foundation fellow of Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives Association.
Josephine Anowa Attoh
Master of Nursing programme @University of Cape Coast
Josephine is a registered nurse with 15 years of experience. She has previously worked at the Emergency Unit and the Department of Medicine, and joined the Stroke Unit at Korle Bu when it was established in 2014. Josephine has been part of the multidisciplinary team for the facilitating and training of staff at the regions in Ghana in Stroke management. She has an interest in stroke management, education of family and continuity of care during recovery. She holds a Diploma in Nursing, a BSc in Nursing from the University of Cape Coast, and is currently in her final year with same university offering a Master of Nursing programme.
Liz Cullen
Liz is an Occupational Therapist by clinical background and has worked in stroke care for over 10 years with experience across the whole stroke pathway. She now works in quality improvement and having led on Cardiovascular and Rehabilitation she is currently taking on the new challenge of leading on maternity, children and young people and mental health. However her passion lies in stroke and she has kept strong links in this area, including the role of Programme Lead for Consultant Practitioner Development in Stroke at Health Education Wessex, and completing her Doctorate in Clinical Practice focusing on the area of stroke and vocational rehabilitation in 2016. Liz was involved in the initial visit to Accra in 2009 and re-joined the Partnership team in 2014.
Cyntia Cudjoe
Cynthia holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Ghana and is a clinical supervisor for the School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana. She has been part of the WGSP since its inception in 2009 and is the physiotherapy lead for the stroke unit. She was sponsored by the partnership for a two-week placement in 2012 at Bournemouth and Portsmouth Hospitals, UK. Cynthia has an interest in acute stroke rehabilitation and research. She is currently leading the physiotherapy team to conduct research on the effectiveness of physiotherapy on stroke survivors at the stroke unit and the General Medical ward.
Kodwo Nkromah
Head of the Stroke Unit and Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician @Department of Medicine
Dr Nkromah is the current head of the Stroke Unit and is a Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician in the Department of Medicine. Dr Nkromah has a keen interest in stroke management and research and was one of the key leads of the MDT to visit the UK with WGSP. Dr Nkromah is a fellow of the West Africa College of Physicians.