About the Welsh Stroke Conference
The WSC is Wales’s largest multidisciplinary conference for stroke healthcare and other professionals. Our aim is to provide opportunities for everyone to come together so they can learn from each other, share ideas and ultimately improve standards of care for stroke survivors.

Due to the pandemic, and in line with government guidance, we had to cancel the event in 2020 and for last year the WSC had to adapt and transform into an innovative virtual learning environment. This virtual conference was highly acclaimed in Wales through our feedback, and we were pleased that we still managed a program full of extremely talented and renowned speakers in their field and excellent parallel sessions. We were joined live or on-demand by over 430 delegates from Wales, England and further afield, with our virtual program allowing content to be accessed at any time.

Our ambition was to be back in person in 2022 to share more ground-breaking research, face-to-face learning opportunities and just as importantly that opportunity for networking during the refreshment breaks. However, not knowing how the pandemic was going to pan out we had to make the decision to have one more virtual event.

We are very optimistic that we will be back face to face in 2023.

Benefits of attending WSC
Whether the WSC is virtual or in person, it has always attracted world-class speakers and leading physicians. In 2021, we were delighted to be joined by Professor Marion Walker who delivered the Bhowmick Lecture on her vision and her work to date with the Global Academy for Stroke Rehabilitation Centres of Excellence and soon we are following this up with a workshop in Wales led by Marion.

This year we are welcoming Professor Geoff Donnan from Melbourne who will deliver the Bhowmick Lecture on his pioneering work on the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit. In addition, we have a stroke survivor with a very interesting story to tell.

Feedback regarding our first virtual conference platform has been excellent; delegates have welcomed the opportunity and flexibility of accessing programme content on-demand after the event but not unexpectedly were disappointed at the lack of personal networking. The ability to access program content is a feature we are keen to continue to offer in the future, whether the WSC is live or virtual.

As always, this year’s event will give delegates the opportunity to:
– Gain relevant CPD accredited professional training.
– Discover the latest research and service developments with exciting lectures, parallel sessions and a highly useful research half day.
– Showcase your work by submitting an abstract/poster for presentation at the event.

Our conference aims to:
– Provide robust evidence-based learning
– Improve service delivery
– Further attendees’ overall knowledge and understanding of current local and international research and practice in care and management of stroke patients.
– Improve attendees’ skills in the treatment and care of stroke survivors
– Inspire attendees to achieve personal excellence in care of stroke survivors
– Take away new developments and ideas to progress their workplace services to stroke survivors
– Ultimately improve stroke survivors’ clinical outcomes.

Our audience
The Welsh Stroke Conference encourages healthcare professionals from all disciplines connected with stroke care in Wales and further afield in England, Scotland and abroad to attend. This includes the doctors, nurses and all the allied health professionals. We encourage staff of all grades to attend and benefit from the excellent programs developed each year. We also welcome academics from around Wales and staff from SA and BHF and interested stroke survivors.

Our Organising committee
Anne Freeman
Benjamin Jelley
Jonathan Hewitt
Sally Lloyd
Abdul Seckam
Peter Slade
Stephanie West
Nia Williams
Lizzie Williams