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David Hargroves

Dr David Hargroves

National Clinical Director for Stroke Medicine, NHS England

David is a practicing consultant stroke physician and the National Clinical Director for stroke Medicine for NHSE, he has also been the National Clinical Lead for Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) and has met all acute stroke teams in England, co-writing the GIRFT national stroke report, with 29 recommendations which was published in 2022.

He co-produced and published in 21/22 the National Stroke Service Model (NSSM), Integrated Community Stroke Service Model (ICSSM) and the National Optimal Stroke Imaging Pathway (NOSIP), which incorporates the use of Artificial Intelligence software as a decision support aid and is now in place in all of the acute stroke centres in England.

He co-chairs national Thrombectomy Implementation Group (TIG) for NHSE and led a national review of access and provision of Mechanical Thrombectomy in England, report published Oct 2023 and is joining the National Medical Director’s visits to all Comprehensive Stroke Centres in England this year. He has introduced Prehospital Stroke Video Triage (Stroke PVT) to the NHS with a third of the population now having access to specialist stroke assessments in the back of an ambulance, demonstrating a reduction in patients need for transfer to secondary care and improvements in acute stroke care once then arrive.

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