Meetings and Workshops

National Coordinator Meeting | 29-31 January 2024 | Lisbon, Portugal

For the second time, SAP-E National Coordinators met for an in-person workshop organised in Lisbon, Portugal from 29-31 January 2024.

Playing a vital role in promoting stroke awareness, prevention, treatment, and care in their respective countries, 60 delegates representing 35 countries came together to share vital insights regarding national accomplishments and obstacles in their implementation of the Stroke Action Plan in 2023. The programme structured around lectures, interactive sessions and breakout discussions fostered a productive and collaborative atmosphere, yielding valuable insights that will advance our shared objective of reducing the burden of stroke in Europe.

All Coordinators were also invited to present their respective national advances in all basic stroke care fields in 2023, providing a glimpse of their dedication to the SAP-E work.

Have a look at countries’ achievements in 2023.

Read the event report.

National Coordinator Meeting | 20-22 March 2023 | Riga, Latvia

SAP-E National Coordinators met in person for the first time in Riga, Latvia on 20-22 March 2023.

The aim of this inaugural meeting was to serve as a forum for energising National Coordinators, building cohesion within regional groups, and exchanging invaluable information about our successes and challenges in implementing SAP-E. Based on a pre-meeting survey designed around the National Coordinators’ expectations, we reviewed our progress against key performance indicators and facilitated collaborative discussions to map out actionable steps for the years ahead. From sharing best practices on life after stroke to agreeing on prioritised goals by region, the meeting provided participants with a significant opportunity to build on the tools necessary to continue SAP-E work.

Read the participant report by Nune Yeghiazaryan, National Coordinator for Armenia

Read the event report 

SAP-E Tools Overviews

The Essentials of Stroke Care

Prof. Thorsten Steiner is a member of the ESO Executive Committee, who coordinated the creation of “SAP-E Essentials of Stroke Care: An overview of evidence-based interventions covering the entire chain of stroke care”. In this short video, he talks about the importance of this document for patients and their caregivers towards the implementation of the SAP-E.

The Stroke Service Tracker

Prof. Hanne Christensen, Chair of the SAP-E Steering Committee, discusses her vision for the Stroke Service Tracker, its use in institutes across Europe, and the difference it will make to stroke patients and survivors.

Online Implementation Workshops | 2020-2022

Topics of discussion centred on the Stroke Service Tracker (SST): collective objectives for the SST, methods for data entry, and Q&A from National Coordinators.

SAP-E National Coordinators met to give feedback on the National Stroke Plan document, and discuss topics within break-out groups including the current status of a national plan, implementation methods, and ensuring that national plans include the entire pathway of care.

Moderators Hanne Christensen and Urs Fischer discuss the overarching targets of the SAP-E domains.

The online workshop shared success and building momentum on SAP-E implementation with National Coordinators. Topics of discussion: SAP-E country commitments and the Declaration, progress since European Stroke Awareness Day, update on best practices and why advocacy is so important.

The first working meeting was organised to discuss the roll-out of the SAP-E implementation with National Coordinators. Topics of discussion included best practices (ESO-East, the Swiss Stroke Center Certification and the Danish Stroke Registry), tasks of National Coordinators and how to involve patients and health authorities in national implementation strategies.

The Kick-off Meeting highlighted the four following overarching targets that have been set for 2030:

  • to reduce the absolute number of strokes in Europe by 10%
  • to treat 90% or more of all patients with stroke in Europe in a dedicated stroke unit as the first level of care
  • to have national plans for stroke encompassing the entire chain of care from primary prevention to life after stroke
  • to fully implement national strategies for multisector public health interventions to promote and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, and reduce environmental (including air pollution), socioeconomic and educational factors that increase the risk of stroke.