Professor Avril Drummond

United Kingdom

Avril Drummond is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research in the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham. She is an occupational therapist with a longstanding interest in rehabilitation after stroke; she has published research on stroke services and specific rehabilitation interventions, and has authored over 130 academic papers to date.

Avril is a fellow of the British College of Occupational Therapists. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke, which develop the National Clinical Guidelines for stroke care in the UK and which is responsible for the UK Sentinel Stroke Audit. She was recently Chair of the UK Stroke Forum- a coalition of over 30 organisations committed to improving stroke care in the UK. Avril serves on the executive management board of a local NHS hospital Trust. She was recently appointed Chair of the ‘Life after Stroke’ group for the Action Plan for Europe.

Where do you see the industry in the next 20 years?
I am an optimist and therefore see the future in a positive way. Current advances in technology and in drug development means that stroke care and management has the potential to improve enormously. But I also believe strongly in the potential for real improvements in rehabilitation; therapy skills will still be needed even if the number of people having strokes is reduced.

Why are you excited about participating in STROKE 2018? 
My list is long! But catching up with stroke colleagues, meeting potential new collaborators, learning about new research and practice, and actually being in Sydney are my top four!