Principles of Stroke Practice Cert

Principles of Stroke Practice Cert

This Certificate is primarily aimed at health and social care professionals from the multi-disciplinary team who work with stroke patients and their families. The curriculum will enable students to develop an emerging specialist knowledge in stroke care. The National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke provide the bedrock for the course, to ensure that students are fully up to date with the best available evidence. The course follows the stroke patient pathway, ensuring that the focus of teaching and learning is inter-disciplinary. Delivery of this course is facilitated by the stroke research team comprising senior research staff and research students/associates, drawing on their multi-professional expertise. The team have a breadth of knowledge in both stroke practice and research. Our research is driven by the needs of stroke services, clinicians and patients.

Entry and Admissions


ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: Three hours per week over 12 weeks.

SCHOOL: School of Nursing

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

Applications are welcome from individuals with limited educational experience but who have relevant work / life experience. The course will be of interest to those who have the intention of further developing their careers and can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from study at this level.

Course Content

This course aims to provide students with a specialist knowledge of the theory and research underpinning current inter-professional practice in stroke care. Specifically, students will explore stroke-related anatomy and physiology, together with stroke symptomology and epidemiology. Stroke policy documents will be used to guide current stroke practice, ensuring that a multi-disciplinary perspective is maintained throughout the module.

  • The development and role of the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (Intercollegiate Working Party, 2008).
  • Stroke related anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
  • The epidemiology of stroke, including the classification, incidence and prevalence of different stroke types.
  • An overview of stroke symptomology.
  • Approaches to the diagnosis of stroke.
  • The social and psychological context of stroke.
  • Public health and stroke, including best practice in primary stroke prevention.
  • Issues around the rehabilitation and stroke patients.
  • Evidence-based stroke service design.
  • Evidence-based practice in relation to stroke assessment, acute care, rehabilitation and long-term support.

Learning Environment & Assessment

This module will be assessed by the production of a 3000 word assignment that reconstructs the evidence-base for an aspect of stroke care relevant to the student’s field of work within the context of a case study.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839