Since the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) was established in 1999, we have contributed to major improvements in stroke care. Stroke medicine is now an established sub-speciality and stroke physicians have contributed to the development of evidence based services throughout the UK: these include TIA clinics, hyper-acute stroke care, stroke units and early supported discharge services. New research evidence, new approaches to the training of stroke physicians and advances in service provision, will continue to influence how high quality stroke services develop.

The BASP Executive considers that it is timely and important to develop and review our strategy. This gives us the opportunity to reflect upon where we have come from, where we are now, and how we would like to see stroke medicine and services develop. A regular strategy review, every three years, will enable us to consider the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. This will enable us to be proactive and plan our approach.

BASP values the diversity of our membership. Within BASP there are physicians from a range of backgrounds with a range of clinical roles. In developing our strategy, it is important that we ensure that we consider the range of roles and services that we provide. Some stroke physicians look after patients throughout the pathway, while others have expertise in one particular area. Some stroke physicians provide care exclusively for patients with TIA/stroke, whilst others provide care to patients from their parent speciality: for example, general medicine, geriatric medicine, neurology or rehabilitation medicine. Some hospitals have been able to provide a comprehensive stroke service but in other places there has been major reorganisation to achieve high quality care. We need to be mindful that ‘one size does not fit all’ both in terms of the roles and responsibilities of a stroke physician and provision of high quality stroke care.

BASP’s vision is to provide leadership in: the improvement of clinical services; science and research; education and training relating to the health and wellbeing of our patients, their carers and the public.

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