A male and female couple laughing together in hospital.

Please note that the development of the GM-SAT is not an active project, but that the developed GM-SAT is now used across a number of our stroke projects and by other organisations.

Project: Greater Manchester Stroke Assessment Tool (GM-SAT)

The GM-SAT is made up of several components, which collectively provide everything required to undertake a comprehensive six month post-stroke review, from a proforma to complete during the review itself, to a summary report template for recording the unmet needs identified within the review and the actions agreed.  All components are available below and are free to download.

An Easy Access version of GM-SAT, suitable for stroke survivors with communication difficulties, is also available to freely download below. This was developed in collaboration with Speakeasy, a communication support charity based in North West England.

What did we do?

We developed an evidence-based assessment tool specifically for the six month post-stroke review, as well as an easy-access (aphasia-friendly) version.

Why was it important?

The 2007 National Stroke Strategy, and subsequently the NHS Commissioning Board CCG Outcomes Indicator Set (2013/14), say that all stroke survivors and their carers should receive regular reviews of their health and social care needs, including a review six months after they have left hospital. This ensures that survivors and their carers continue to feel supported in the long-term after a stroke and enables them to access the further specialist advice, support, information and rehabilitation that they need.

How did we do it?

We worked with patients, carers and professionals from across the stroke pathway to identify the common, long-term problems people experience after a stroke. GM-SAT encompasses a wide range of potential post-stroke care needs, from medication management and secondary prevention, through to mood and fatigue.

Who did we work with?

The Stroke Association and Speakeasy.


Read the post stroke review pilot project evaluation report (2010) (pdf)
Read the evaluation report (pdf)

More information

For more information please contact Katy Rothwell, Programme Manager.