About Kate Allatt

Extraordinary women 2011 - Kate Allatt

Kate Allatt campaigns to transform our healthcare & inspire improved outcomes after stroke especially brainstem strokes which develop locked in syndrome.

  • Improving early onset stroke clinical diagnosis of younger patients in frontline services – 111, walk-in centres, paramedics and A&E – is paramount.
  • Listen up NHS leaders, you are not effectively digitally engaging patients!
  • Effective & timely solutions for mental illness after a life changing event.
  • Seeking ‘marginal gains’ with true patient partnerships to transform healthcare.
  • Transforming healthcare by effectively reaching, interacting & engaging with digital patients/users.
  • Promoting that communication is a basic human right for everyone!



Marketeer, Mum & former 70 mile-a-week fell runner Kate Allatt (46) suffered a brainstem stroke & locked in syndrome (LIS) when her children were 5, 8 & 10 years old. Kate wrote starting writing her now internationally published book ‘Running Free – breaking out of locked in syndrome’ they say she left hospital. She won Extraordinary Woman in 2011 and founded and ran her registered digital charity in 2011 – just 3 months after leaving hospital.

Kate is a tireless, fearless activist, for anyone around the world, who is affected by early LIS.

She regularly visits patients in the early stages of the condition to help inspire their optimal improvement. She’s traveled as far as New York, Poland, Belfast, Finland, Ireland, Europe as well as England, Scotland and Wales.

Kate gave a TEDx speech & is a regular health, motivational speaker, trainer and lecturer.

Kate pioneered the @ESCAPS_study by tweeting Dr Joanna Fletcher-Smith at The University of Nottingham and is a collaborator.

Under pinning her advocacy work is her firm learned belief (from her own experience and that of many others) that having a positive growth-mindset attitude is crucial, if  the patient is cognitive. If this is combined with a strong self-belief, the willingness to work hard – repetitively, frequently and intensively, plus loved-one support, then stroke improvement can be optimised.  Please be aware, I’ve met hundreds of LIS patients and NEVER met anyone who is vegetative or NOT fully cognitive.  In some desperate cases, we just haven’t figured out a communication signal with the patient yet.

Furthermore, the NHS should be banned from using the hugely destructive lie that patients will ‘plateau’, two years after stroke, according to Kate. Positive progress keeps happening for years after stroke, even though the improvements may sometimes be more subtle.  The hope that improvement is possible, is crucial for the emotional well being of stroke survivors. We can all aspire to being the best we can be each day.

She also believes social media has the power to transform LIS awareness/improvement & the aftermath for other young stroke survivors.  Social media presents a missed opportunity in our health sector. Yet, like patients, how many clinicians, therapists, researchers, commissioners already have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts?

Social media could also be used to improve hospital and GP services, which could reduce NHS treatment costs.  Peer mentoring online massively improves patient outcomes too.

She regularly micro blogs on Twitter @kateallatt Instagram and Facebook. She also blogs for The Huffington Post.

She is regularly asked to be an international media commentator.

It’s not all work! Kate loves being a mum to India, Harvey and Woody and is married to Mark. She loves long dog walks in the Peak District & spins three times a week!

Media appearances include:

BBC Jeremy Vine, BBC Victoria Derbyshire TV, BBC Today, BBC Newsnight, BBC 5 Live, The One Show, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, RTL Germany, ABC Australia,  The Times, The Times on Sunday, The Indian Times, Readers Digest, Woman & Home, Woman, The Good housekeeping Guide, BBC World Service, Sky News etc….


Best article: The Times 2017 TIM_20170202_null_T2_01_2


@kateallatt www.kateallatt.com




Her testimonials are here: http://www.kateallatt.com/testimonials/



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