Taught course

Advanced Stroke Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Stroke is a significant disabling disease, which has the potential to affect many aspects of the lives of the people who survive its onset. Stroke sequelae can include any number of physical, emotional, cognitive, social factors which require the interventions of a wide range of professional and other staff from the health and social care sectors.

This course has been developed to provide students with flexibility in taking forward Stroke Care. The Advanced Stroke Practice MSc/PGDip aims to give students the choice to follow either a more clinically orientated route within the MSc/PGDip, a research focused route or the ability to combine an element of both depending on the individual student need and work-place demands. It is hoped this more flexible course will meet the needs of clinicians, employers and potential funders.

The course leader will have a discussion with you regarding your clinical and learning needs and support will be offered to ensure that choices made during the course will be related to the development of your knowledge and skills enabling you to:

  • Focus on improving services to people who have had a stroke;
  • consider the development of care and clinical pathways within your field of stroke care;
  • access organisational and management support;
  • adopt evidence-based approaches to care and service delivery;
  • reflect the needs and wishes of patients and service users.

Inter-professional and inter-agency working is therefore central to effective stroke practice, and is reflected in the design of this programme. Whilst there is some 'evidence' to guide stroke service design which has been incorporated into National Stroke Strategy and National Guidelines, there are many aspects of stroke practice where definitive evidence does not exist. There is an urgent need to expand research capacity in the stroke workforce, and it is hoped that these courses will contribute to this agenda in some way. There is perhaps a more urgent need to ensure that where strong evidence does exist, as in the co-ordination of acute stroke services, this is implemented widely.

A key feature of this programme will be the diffusion of evidence-based knowledge for practice within the context of the student's workplace. The programme aims to provide students interested in taking forward stroke care, the option to specialise in the field from the perspective of research and evidence based practice or to develop advanced clinical skills in order to translate evidence of effective stroke care into tangible clinical or service developments. Where strong evidence of best practice does not exist, the knowledge and skills of clinicians to deal with uncertainty in the best interests of patients and carers is crucial. This programme will support students to deconstruct those aspects of stroke practice where evidence is absent or unclear, or where theoretical positions are in conflict, and to build appropriate recommendations for care or service design.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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