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Stroke Medicine

The primary purpose of sub-specialty training in stroke medicine is to promote the development of physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as an expert consultant resource within specialist stroke services.
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Stroke encompasses elements of neurology, cardiovascular disease, general and geriatric medicine and rehabilitation. All patients with stroke should receive specialist care in acute and rehabilitation stroke units or a neurovascular clinic. Consultants with specialist training in stroke are required to lead and contribute to providing specialist Stroke services throughout the UK.
The primary purpose of a Stroke physician is to contribute to the provision of skilled acute and rehabilitation care to patients with stroke as part of a multidisciplinary Stroke Service. Early specialist management, comprising both general and specific therapy, can influence morbidity and mortality with better recovery and survival after care in a specialist unit compared to a general ward. Knowledge and skills in stroke prevention are required. Stroke physicians may also take a key role in the development of hospital and community stroke services.

At the completion of specialist stroke training, physicians should have acquired:

  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in diagnosis and management to ensure safe and independent expert practice as a consultant specialist in Stroke Medicine;
  • The ability to establish a differential diagnosis in the context of stroke presentations to ensure safe and appropriate management of acute stroke and non-stroke illness.
  • The competencies to develop management plans for people living with stroke illness including treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion, secondary prevention and long-term support;
  • The attitudes and communication skills to contribute to and work effectively in a comprehensive multidisciplinary stroke service in hospital and/or the community and to work closely with other relevant agencies;

The abilities to advise, develop and evaluate district stroke services in partnership with local health and social care communities.

Education and Clinical Teams

Natalie Broomhead

Clinical Lead

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Dr Ben Mearns who joined SASH in 2007, is a consultant in acute medicine and a geriatrician. He is chief of medicine and responsible for leading the extensive number of services within the medicine division; ranging from the emergency department (A&E) and cardiology to therapies and pharmacy.

He is passionate about patient engagement and the delivery of safe high quality care. He values the opportunity to hear from the people we care for and to ensure that their views are heard. He is a strong advocate of patient involvement in continuing to develop and improve the services we provide.

Dr Mearns is a member of the SASH executive committee and an active member of the transformation guiding team. He is also a senior associate at the Nuffield Trust.

Dr Ben Mearns

Chief

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Dr Ben Mearns who joined SASH in 2007, is a consultant in acute medicine and a geriatrician. He is chief of medicine and responsible for leading the extensive number of services within the medicine division; ranging from the emergency department (A&E) and cardiology to therapies and pharmacy.

He is passionate about patient engagement and the delivery of safe high quality care. He values the opportunity to hear from the people we care for and to ensure that their views are heard. He is a strong advocate of patient involvement in continuing to develop and improve the services we provide.

Dr Mearns is a member of the SASH executive committee and an active member of the transformation guiding team. He is also a senior associate at the Nuffield Trust.

Dr Ben Field

College Tutor

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Dr Ben Field was appointed consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine at SaSH in March 2012. He is responsible for inpatients on Bletchingley and Hazelwood wards and holds outpatient clinics at East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital. He is the Trust’s RCP tutor for medicine.

He gained a first class BMedSci before graduating in medicine with distinction from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1997. After specialist training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals, he joined Imperial College London as an MRC clinical research training fellow, obtaining a PhD in 2009 for research into the neuroendocrine control of appetite, energy expenditure and insulin secretion. He is actively involved in research at SaSH and Imperial College, and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London.

His interests encompass all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology, including structured education in type 1 diabetes mellitus, intensification of insulin treatment, insulin pump therapy, complex type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetic foot disease, PCOS, pituitary diseases, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders.

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