Actor Emilia Clarke is partnering with the RCN Foundation and her own brain injury charity SameYou as it leads the roll-out of a new nursing education programme from 2020.
The scheme will support nurses to become specialists in neuro rehabilitation and care for young stroke patients aged 18 to 40, including in the independent non-NHS sector and throughout the UK.
The Game of Thrones actor, who has spoken of her experience of her two aneurysms said: “There's currently a lack of eyes on brain injury recovery. It's the thing that brings people back to life. You can treat the problem but then you're left wondering what to do next.
“With specialist nurses, I know people can get back to themselves. Stroke is something you never expect to happen, especially not in your 20s and 30s and it is remarkable how often that is happening to young people.”
Director of the RCN Foundation Deepa Korea said: “Nurses are real innovators who continue to push the boundaries. When it launches, this programme will be the first of its kind and will give nurses a chance to help young people get their life back on track after a stroke.
“The programme focuses on improving the physical, mental and cognitive health and wellbeing of stroke patients and helping them throughout their recovery.”