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Principles of Stroke Practice

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.


Course overview

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.

Award: Cert, Post-Registration
Level: Short Course, CPD
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: 12 weeks
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.


This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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