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The NSNF wishes to improve the quality of stroke care across the stroke pathway through:

  • Guiding and co-ordinating training in stroke nursing
  • Designing and facilitating the development of common stroke services
  • Promoting research that advances the discipline of stroke nursing
  • Providing a conduit for lobbying government on stroke and stroke nursing
  • Providing expert advice regarding stroke health policy and service delivery
  • Acting as a platform to express the collective views and experiences of members

The objective of NSNF (National Stroke Nursing Forum) is to promote the advancement of Stroke Nursing within United Kingdom

NSNF does this by several means including:

  • Facilitating the dissemination of evidence based guidelines
  • Enabling sharing of practice ideas and provide opportunity for benchmarking
  • Responding to the requests of other organisations for advice on matters relating to Stroke Nursing
  • Encouraging members to provide and organise education and training opportunities in their locality for all professionals interested in stroke care
  • Developing guidelines for the training of nurses in Stroke nursing to fully prepare them to take a leading role in the management of stroke patients and organisation of services as senior nurses
  • Organising an annual forum at which research relevant to Stroke nursing can be presented and discussed and which may be organised in association with other organisations
  • Promoting research that advances the discipline of stroke nursing
  • Enabling the development of a career pathway for nurses in the field of stroke

Further information is available from the Chair of the Steering Committee, email Clare Gordon.

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Education and Research

The National Stroke Strategy (NSS) was developed to provide information on how stroke care should be delivered and by whom.

The NSS states that nationally recognised, quality-assured and transferable education and learning programmes in stroke are needed.

In order to facilitate such programmes, the UK Forum for Stroke Training (UKFST) is developing a Stroke-Specific Educational Framework (SSEF). The UKFST has representation from relevant professional bodies (stroke specific and stroke relevant); health and social care; voluntary organisations, and those affected by stroke. The SSEF will facilitate the links between training and education, workforce competences and professional development across the whole stroke pathway. The SSEF aims to build on the generic skills that health, social, voluntary and independent care staff already posses through the clear identification of additional stroke-specific knowledge and skills. The purpose of the SSEF is to ensure quality in stroke care by supporting course design and promoting recognised and transferable training and qualifications.

Stroke-specific education framework: Publications policy and guidance

Stroke specific education framework

Research Funding

National Institute for Health Research - RDInfo for support services for researchers - streams

Service Development

A Position Statement for Guidance of Service Developments (.pdf 93KB)

Nurse Staffing of Stroke Services (.pdf 67KB)

Inter-professional Thrombolysis Framework for Stroke and Thrombolysis Competences

A framework of competences for practitioners involved in the identification and management of patients for the emergency administration of thrombolytic treatment for acute ischaemic stroke.

Inter-professional Thrombolysis Framework for Stroke

Executive Summary (.pdf 177KB)

S8 - Administer thrombolytic treatment in acute ischaemic stroke (.pdf 71KB) - Diagnostician and overseeing administration of bolus

S9- Administer thrombolytic treatment in acute ischaemic stroke (.pdf 70KB) - Screening and initiating treatment, overseeing competency of treatment

S10 - Monitoring following thrombolytic treatment in acute ischaemic stroke (.pdf 64KB) - Monitoring and Managing up to 48 hours

Steering Committee

Clare Gordon

Chair and Service Development Sub-committee
Consultant Stroke Nurse, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: +44 (0)1202 705387 | Email:

Role within NSNF: Chair

Involvement in the development of stroke services / research:
My current areas of research interests are Cardiac monitoring in Acute Stroke, and Conversation Analysis of Nursing interactions with aphasic stroke patients. In my role as Consultant Nurse I am involved in the development of Stroke Services across the patient pathway.

Key Interests:
Continence after Stroke
Transfer of Care from Hospital to Community

Alison McGinnes


Over the past four years as Trainee Consultant Practitioner in Stroke Care, Alison has gained experience in a number of stroke environments across Hampshire and Dorset. Her role is multi-faceted and is structured around expert practice, leadership and consultancy, service development and education, and training and development.

Alison has expert clinical skills, up-to-date knowledge and credibility within hyper-acute, acute and rehabilitation phases of stroke patient management. She currently runs TIA, minor stroke and stroke review clinics, hold the thrombolysis pager and review, diagnose and treat patients in Accident & Emergency on a daily basis. She also carries out home visits on the request of GPs, consultants, patients, carers and fellow professionals. The remainder of her time is spent working towards the development and delivery of evidence based stroke services and working on her masters dissertation.

Lucy Cross


Dr Chris Burton

Senior Research Fellow

Chris specialises in the development of health services that support patients and family members to manage long term conditions and complex diseases, especially stroke. In the Centre for Health Related Research, Chris is responsible for the development of collaborative programmes of work with Local Health Boards, particularly in evaluating the impact of integrated health and social care provision. Key research themes include integrated organisational, practice and workforce development and evaluation, and knowledge translation and utilisation.

Linda Campbell

Stroke Co-ordinator, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highland, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1463 704086 | Email:

Linda Campbell trained in South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery, Edinburgh.
Her background is in care of the elderly, stroke rehab and assessment.
Linda has worked as the Stroke Coordinator (covering the whole of the Highlands) for 10 years and is based in the Stroke Unit at Raigmore.
She is the vice chair and a member of the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF).
Linda has completed a BSc with Glasgow Caledonian University in Geronotology and is currently studying for her masters at the University of Highlands and Islands.

Sine Clarke

Senior Staff Nurse, Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight

Sine is a rehabilitation nurse working in a Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team on the Isle of Wight. Her clinical background includes Alcohol and Drug detox nursing and prison healthcare.

She is currently working within a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, working to provide a holistic approach to patient specific rehabilitation. This role involves assessing, planning, implementing and evaluation individualised patient nursing care; implement and feedback set therapy plans and liaising with a number of disciplines. She facilitates and delivers nurse specific training to a multi professional team; attending therapy specific training, and currently involved in organising the Isle of Wight Stroke Forum.

Eileen Cowey

Research Assistant, School of Nursing & Health Care
University of Glasgow

Eileen is a stroke care researcher based in the Nursing & Health Care School at the University of Glasgow. Her clinical background includes surgical, coronary care and intensive care nursing, as well as occupational health nursing.

She recently worked with multi-disciplinary stroke care professionals, charities and patient representatives from across Scotland, in collaboration with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, to develop two Best Practice Statements on end of life care and pain management in acute stroke. She is now chief investigator on a multicentre study involving four acute stroke units in teaching hospitals across central Scotland. The study, entitled ‘Impact of a dying care pathway on end of life care following acute stroke’ is funded by a grant from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. Eileen is also a reviewer for various palliative, rehabilitation and nursing journals and stroke conferences.

Carol Croser

Advanced Nurse Specialist

Carol's current role is that of Advanced Nurse Specialist at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In 2004, she played a key role in the planning and development of York's Acute Stroke Unit and again in 2008, with the transition to an integrated hyper acute unit with a thrombolysis service. As part of her role she provides expert clinical advice to both in and out patients, the emergency department and the bed management team.

Carol runs a nurse led TIA 4/52 follow up clinic and 6/12 stroke follow up clinic.

She facilitates and delivers multi professional stroke education and takes a lead role with all stroke service developments. Carol is a member of the Clinical advisory committees of North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (NEYNL) and West Yorkshire Stroke Network (WYSN).

Cath Curley

Cath qualified in 1991 as an RGN, and has worked within the field of stroke since 1996 when she was given the job of ward manger developing a stroke rehabilitation unit. Since then she has worked in and developed a successful acute stroke unit, which has more recently developed into one of 3 primary stroke centres in greater Manchester, offering hyperacte stroke care as well as stroke thrombolysis, my currently role being stroke thrombolysis co-ordinator.

For a 5 year period she also worked for the PCT as a stroke services co-ordinator, developing community services as well as in-reaching into the acute trust with both a stroke commissioning and provider role.

Diana Day

Consultant Stroke Nurse, Addenbrookes Cambridge

Background in neuro-critical care and research, she set up early thrombolysis services ,acute stroke units and education programmes, initially as stroke specialist nurse and then as lead for stroke and deputy director of the Anglia stroke and heart network. She has worked across the East of England with commissioners, acute Trusts, local councils setting up stroke services in acute and community settings, she leads the implementation of telemedicine for thrombolysis across the East of England. Her present role as consultant nurse continues to develop services; nationally, regionally and locally. She is involved in stroke research studies as a writing committee member and lead PI looking at improved outcomes for stroke units, patient reported outcome measures and telemedicine. Also the lead nurse for the hyper-acute stroke research centre at Cambridge. She is nurse representative on the NICE acute stroke and TIA guidelines, and the RCP Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party guidelines.(ICSWP)

Key interests:

Acute stroke nursing; Patient reported outcome measures; Research for patient benefit; Education for stroke nursing and role development.

Hazel Dickinson

Deputy Web Site Administrator, Education, Research Subcommittee
Professional Role: Research Nurse, Clinical Practice Research Unit, UCLan
Role within the NSNF: Web Site Coordinater; Education and Research sub committee

Involvement in the development of stroke services/Research:
Hazel has worked as a Stroke Specialist Nurse and was involved in development of acute services including setting up Thrombolysis pathway, stroke register, rehab services, Early Supported Discharge and Nurse led review clinics at 6 months post stroke. She has also been research active during this time exploring Oral assessment for my Masters, Motivational Interviewing Post Stroke, Mood after Stroke. More recently she has moved into research full time and is involved in two NIHR programme grants Emergency Stroke Calls Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT) and InContinence OptioN after Stroke (ICONS).

Key Interests:
My key interests are around psychological issues after stroke, service development, education incontinence and oral hygiene.

Ian Evans

Consultant Nurse for Stroke, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: +44(0)1460 243365 | Email:

Ian’s main interests are rehabilitation, primary and secondary prevention and clinical leadership. He has played a key role in developing stroke services in Somerset and is currently Clinical Lead for Stroke within the Trust. Ian has been in his current role since 2003 but has worked within the specialty of stroke since the mid 1990’s.

Stephanie Heath

Trainee Consultant Practitioner (Cardiovascular Disease Pathway), NHS South (Central)

Tel: +44 (0)75000 77992 | Email:

Employer at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Dorset BH7 7DW. Stephanie is currently working at Portsmouth Hospital until November.

Ailsa Hutchings

Deputy of the Education and Research Subcommittee


Moira Keating

Tel: +44 (0)1206 742462 | Email:

Involvement in the development of stroke services/Research:
Nurse lead on implementing 24/7 Thrombolysis and hyper acute stroke service ongoing development of guidelines, protocols and Integrated Care Pathway for Stroke locally. Involved with the development of Stroke services with the Essex Cardiac and stroke Network (ECSN), Health Authority and PCT’s. Currently seconded to ECSN to lead on development of training and education programmes within the stroke service and with academic organisations across Essex. Developed and implemented a nurse led follow up service for patients following stroke. Established information collecting mechanisms for web based Stroke Register, to inform on the service quality and national standards.

Key Interests:
Passionate about the nursing role in rehabilitation. Quality of life after stroke. Education and service development.

Jan Kennedy

Specialist Stroke Coordinator,Acute Stroke Unit, Marjorie Warren Ward, North Middlesex university Hospital


Involvement in the development of stroke services/research:
Jan has been involved in stroke service management and development since 2002. She has been involved in developing a hyperacute stroke service following the introduction of thrombolysis in 2003.
Jan developed a pathway for stroke patients within NMUH prior to Pan London Go Live and is involved in Stroke Network groups, participates in the Urgent Care Stroke Group, chairs the NCL Stroke Coordinator Group, participates in local stroke implementation groups within the 2 boroughs. She works within the sector to develop a sector wide stroke handbook for patients.

Key Interests:
Passionate about ensuring quality nursing care is delivered to all patients; Staff development and empowerment; End of life care.

Dr. Liz Lightbody

Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer
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Claire Fullbrook Scanlon

Consultant Nurse/Senior Lecturer in Stroke Care, University of the West of England
Tel: +44 (0)7739 411393 | Email:

Claire is a consultant nurse in stroke care at Royal United Hospital Acute Trust in Bath and Senior Lecturer at the University of West of England (UWE). Her clinical experience within stroke includes TIA clinics, hyper-acute care, acute services, rehabilitation, ESD and longer term follow up. She is the non-medical prescribing lead for the Trust.

At UWE she teaches undergraduate nurses, non-medical prescribing and is module leader for the Life after Stroke course. Her Masters is in Public Health (Health Promotion).
Claire is clinical lead for stroke for the Western Comprehensive Local Research Network (WCLRN) and clinical lead for stroke in the Avon Gloucester Wiltshire & Somerset (AGWS) locality of the newly formed Strategic Clinical Network for the South West.
She is a Trustee for the Bristol Area Stroke Foundation Charity.

Professor Caroline Watkins

Professor of Stroke and Older People's Care and School Director of Research
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Course and Postgraduate study

Free on-line courses

Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARS)

New free online training resource which is available via the STARs (Stroke Training and Awareness Resources) website. This project has been funded by the Scottish Government and developed jointly by NHS Education Scotland, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and expert stroke clinicians from across Scotland.

In addition to the Stroke Core Competencies website launched last year, there are now 5 Advancing Modules which provide a more specialised learning resource aimed primarily at registered staff working in stroke units. The 5 module topics are:

  • Thrombolysis following stroke
  • Physiological monitoring following stroke
  • Feeding, hydration and nutrition following stroke
  • Continence management following stroke
  • Management of physical complications following stroke

The website aims to provide an interactive way of learning where images, quizzes, animations and video clips are incorporated into a series of patient scenarios. Throughout the resource links to other learning and reference materials are provided. Each of the 5 topics has a Module Test which if successfully completed will awarded a certificate.

This resource is free and both the Stroke Core Competencies site and the Advancing Modules site can be accessed via:

Please add this website to your “favourites” and help us to spread the word about this resource by forwarding this email to anybody you know who works regularly with people affected by stroke. Providing staff with access to high quality training is likely to have the greatest benefits for stroke patients.

Coming in Sept 2010: a further 5 Advancing Modules covering:


The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge of Primary care staff in the identification and treatment of patients with acute stroke.

How is the course structured?

The course content includes:

  • Recognition of stroke symptoms
  • Different types of stroke
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Risk factors for stroke

There are interactive animations, useful web links and a multiple choice assessment to test your knowledge at the end of the course.

How do I access the course?

E-mail for your username, password and details of how to log on. This will give you access to the course for 2 weeks.

Acute Stroke On-line

Why was the course developed?

Early recognition, assessment and treatment is crucial for stroke patients. There are a range of things we can do for people who have suffered a stroke. Getting the right care at an early stage can increase survival and reduce disability in the short and long term. Accident and Emergency staff have a valuable role to play in recognising stroke by using simple identification tools such as the ROSIER (Recognition of Stroke In the Emergency Room) and providing appropriate interventions.

The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge of A & E staff in the identification and treatment of patients with acute stroke.

To access the course

E-mail for your username, password and details of how to log on. This will give you access to the course for 2 weeks

Short courses

Stroke and TIA Assessment Training (STAT)

University Accredited Courses

Rehabilitation 1 (Advanced Level)

Professional Development Principles of Multidisciplinary Stroke Management

A multidisciplinary degree module (20 credits) offered in partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

For further details:
Email: Elizabeth Barrie or Alex Bernard
Tel: +44 (0)1292 610555 ext 4677 or +44 (0)141 331 3466

Managing Cardiovascular Risk — 20 Credits At Masters Level

Prepares the student to assess and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, working within an inter-disciplinary team, providing effective communication and evidence based practice to deliver effective cardiovascular care.
Part-time 10 weeks from October to December or blended learning (2 days followed by e-learning).

For further details see Related Documents or:
Tel: +44(0)141 330 5613 Email: Susan Kennedy

Multi-Disciplinary Stroke Management

A multidisciplinary module at degree level (15 points) offered in partnership between West of Scotland University and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

For further details:
Contact: Diane Loughlins Tel: +44 (0)1698 283 100

Membership and Subscription

How to Join

Joining NSNF is easy - simply follow these steps:

Please do not send personal cheques with your application.

Annual subscription shall be set by the Steering Committee of the NSNF in the light of the financial situation of the Forum, and after taking advice from the Treasurer. A change in subscription shall be ratified at the next Annual General Meeting of the Forum. It should be paid by standing order. Non-payment of the subscription within 12 months may be considered by the Steering Committee as equivalent to resignation.

Membership of the Forum is £12.00 per annum.

For further information regarding subscription please email:

* MEMBERS * Please could you remember to notify the NSNF ADMINISTRATOR of any changes to your contact details.


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