Panel Discussion: Moving Forwards After a Stroke

Panel Discussion: Moving Forwards After a Stroke

This webinar was filmed on zoom as part of our Virtual Conference 2020.

A panel discussion with a range of experts in stroke hosted by Different Strokes Chair of Trustee’s Ranj Parmar. In this informative discussion, the panel gives a holistic overview of stroke recovery and what it truly means to move forward to reclaim your life after a stroke. The panel also answer questions submitted prior to and during the webinar.

About the Panel:


Ranj is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Different Strokes. He volunteers at both national level as the chair and also on a local level in Southampton where he jointly runs a local support group. Ranj suffered a sub arachnoid haemorrhage at the age of 39. Ranj’s day job is as a principal business analyst for a global software company.


Dr Giles Yeates is a consultant clinical neuropsychologist. After working in NHS community brain injury and stroke services for 20 years, Dr Yeates now works in collaboration with 3rd sector brain injury organisations to support emotional, and relationship needs of survivors and their significant others on national and international levels. He also has a private clinical practice and develops new innovations in psychological therapies for brain injury survivors in his academic role at the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) at Oxford Brookes University. Dr Yeates is the Chair of the Thames Valley Brain Injury Forum and is an author of several books, chapters and articles.

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Claire is the Clinical Operations Manager and a Senior Neurological Physiotherapist at PhysioFunction. She has over 20 years physiotherapy experience and has a special interest in stroke rehabilitation and the management of footdrop. Claire works closely with clients on setting realistic and meaningful goals that support rehabilitation after stroke. Combining hands-on physiotherapy with technology and virtual home-rehab, she is able to support clients throughout their rehabilitation journey towards independence. Working with the Northampton Different Strokes group, Claire has given members the opportunity to participate in physio-led exercise programmes.


Melanie leads the national Aphasia programme at the Stroke Association in her role as Assistant Director – Aphasia. She previously spent 13 years at Speakability (Action for Dysphasic Adults), latterly as Chief Executive of this national Aphasia charity that merged with the Stroke Association in April 2015. Melanie served as President of the Aphasia International Association (AIA) 2016-2019 and remains a Member and Secretary of the AIA Board. As both a fundraiser and a communications professional, she has worked with several charities that support, and are led by, people with disabilities, including as a Trustee. She is a passionate believer in the proven benefits of a Self-Help approach as an aid to long-term recovery.

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