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Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service for Stroke

The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) for Stroke team is dedicated to helping stroke patients to return home sooner by providing high quality, specialist stroke rehabilitation in the home environment, to achieve their individual goals.

We aim to provide the same level of rehabilitation in the community as that provided on an inpatient Stroke Unit.

The team comprises:

Each patient is set specific goals, which take into account the needs and abilities of their carer or carers.

For more information please download our leaflet at the link below:

Early Supported Discharge (ESD) for Stroke Service (pdf)

Patient eligibility criteria

Patients must:

  • have a diagnosis of a new stroke. If the patient has already had a period of inpatient rehabilitation of up to one week, please contact the team to discuss your referral. We do not routinely accept referrals from inpatient rehabilitation settings
  • be registered with an Oxfordshire GP or pay their Council Tax to Oxfordshire County Council: any medical needs should fall within the remit of the GP
  • consent to ESD and agree to participation in a goal-focused rehabilitation programme
  • be assessed as safe to return home by the referring multidisciplinary team
  • be continent, or have a continence plan in place
  • have care needs that can be supported by family or a community support agency e.g. Home First Oxfordshire. Appropriate care should be ready to start upon discharge
  • have a safe transfer method established and appropriate equipment in place prior to discharge.

We cover the county of Oxfordshire.


Referrals can be made by specialist stroke consultants or therapists. Please use the telephone number below if you have any queries.

Please email us for a copy of the referral form.


Please also contact us by telephone to discuss the referral.

ESD Office: 01865 572723

Find us and contact us

Early Supported Discharge for Stroke (ESD) Service
Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE)
Windmill Road
Oxford OX3 7LD

ESD Office: 01865 572723
Monday to Saturday 8.00am - 4.00pm

Team leaders

  • Jennifer Huffadine and Sarah King, Occupational Therapists
  • Clare Mahon, Heather Rivers, Melissa Waterman and Nina Eagle, Physiotherapists
  • Tasmin Nash, Speech and Language Therapist
Last reviewed:04 June 2024