MAHSC award holder, Professor Craig Smith, MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chair and Consultant in Stroke Medicine at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, has been successful in securing a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant for a project to improve oral self-care practices for stroke patients after discharge from hospital stroke services.
Stroke is a NHS priority. Professor Smith’s project is highly relevant to stroke survivors as poor oral health is a significant problem in patients with stroke. The project will work with patients and professionals to co-design an oral healthcare “STOP” toolkit to improve the tooth and gum healthcare needs of stroke survivors.
The reviewing panel commended the patient and public involvement aspects of the project.
In 2015, MAHSC Cardiovascular Domain awarded Professor Smith a Step Up Award to help apply for this grant. Step Up Awards are used to backfill clinical time; providing clinicians with the opportunity to network with experienced and successful grant holders and prepare their applications. Pippa Tyrrell, the domain’s lead for stroke medicine, provided valuable mentoring.
Professor Smith said, “The Step Up Award gave me the time to prepare the application and to engage with the project team. I very much appreciate the support offered to me by the MAHSC Cardiovascular Domain, and thanks to Pippa Tyrrell for her direct support and advice.”