19/01/2016

£2.7m Awarded To Improve Care For Stroke Patients

A Northern Ireland led consortium has been awarded £2.7million to improve care for stroke patients.

The money, from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, aims to discover innovative approaches to post-stroke care with a view to improving the independence of stroke survivors.

The project, entitled Mobile Assistance for Groups and Individuals in the Community (MAGIC), will use pre-commercial procurement to engage industry providers who will be required to compete through several phases of solution development and testing.
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Health Minister Simon Hamilton said: "The MAGIC project will enable us to work with other European regions and with industry to explore and develop innovative ways to empower patients post-stroke. It will allow us to find new approaches which will enable survivors of stroke to have a higher quality of life and reduce the need for long-term care."

It is estimated that stroke costs Northern Ireland’s health and social care service almost £240million every year. Currently, around a third of stroke patients suffer a decline in health and wellbeing post-stroke and it is recognised that many require additional support to achieve their optimum level of recovery.

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