Module Acute Stroke Care and Support (level 4)

Course details

NB: This module is not scheduled to run in 2016/17. To express your interest, please contact 

The module aims to develop the student's understanding of the effects of acute stroke on the function of key body systems, enabling them to respond to the needs of individuals in the acute stages of a stroke.

The course focuses on: pathology of a stroke, overview of key body systems, assessment and diagnosis of an acute stroke, effects of a stroke on key body systems, assessment and early intervention for physical, cognitive, perceptual, psychological, communication and social difficulties arising from a stroke, interventions to prevent and manage complications arising as a result of an acute stroke, and palliative care.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Describe how a stroke occurs and its effect on key body systems
  • Outline the diagnostics, assessments and initial treatments that occur following acute stroke
  • Understand key physical, cognitive, psychological and social issues that can arise as a result of a stroke
  • Reflect upon work place interventions aimed at responding to the needs of individuals in the acute stage of stroke
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have NVQ level 3 in health care or equivalent level 3 qualifications. Full consideration will be given to applicants who do not have the above formal qualifications but who have significant relevant work experience within Stroke Care.

All applicants should be employed in settings where they will have access to stroke patients; this could include NHS, private and voluntary providers. Applicants should have access to a suitably qualified workplace mentor.

Expressions of interest in the module are welcome for 2016/7; please email

Please note that the direct entry application system will not recognise your current Student IT Network login. Please select the New User option from the Apply Now button.

This module can be taken on a stand-alone basis or as part of the University Certificate Practice Development: Stroke Care.

We are amongst the UK's leading health departments and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students.

We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff. If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent.