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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: Three hours per week over 12 weeks

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    25 January 2018

Course content

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.


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.


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.


We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.


We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.


We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.


At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.


The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Visit the Principles of Stroke Practice - Cert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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