A unique partnership which takes a pioneering approach to stroke care in the UK has been nominated for a special community award.
Marion Walker, a professor in stroke rehabilitation at The University of Nottingham, and stroke conqueror Ossie Newell have worked tirelessly for the past four years to develop research and rehabilitation programmes for people who have suffered a stroke.
Three years ago they set up a partnership with stroke survivors and academics which is called the Nottingham Stroke Research Consumer Group. This group meets four times a year with senior academics and researchers from The University of Nottingham. Together they discuss and evaluate the latest research and go through grant applications for funding in fine detail. Its aim is to improve and develop treatment for stroke survivors by focusing research more closely on the needs of those unfortunate enough to have suffered a stroke.
They have been nominated in the â€˜extra mile' category for one of 10 Reach Out Awards which recognise the efforts of local people.
Marion and Ossie said: "œWe were delighted and gratified that someone should have recognised their contribution in such a positive way. In a real sense they feel this reflects the philosophy of partnership that this group practises."
Stroke is the commonest cause of death after cancer and heart disease. 130,000 people suffer a stroke every year. A third will die; a third will make a full recovery; and a third will suffer serious disability. No age group is immune "” an average of six to seven children under 16 suffers a stroke each week.
The Reach Out award scheme is run in partnership between BBC Radio Nottingham, the Nottingham Evening Post and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Councillor The Hon Joan Taylor, the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "œThese awards are a fantastic way of recognising the efforts of local people who go the extra mile to help others. We are looking for nominations of people who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others through activities such as fundraising for charities, volunteering or caring for friends or relatives."
The group was nominated by Malcolm Jarvis, a manufacturing consultant who travelled the world and had just published a book on teaching and lecturing in work study when he suffered a stroke.
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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation "” School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.