Stroke - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Health Education England
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement

About the Stroke programme

Although stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth largest cause of death in the UK, it is estimated that 70% of strokes could be prevented and better managed.

The Stroke elearning programme has been designed to provide an overview of stroke care across the entire pathway and promote better patient care, by providing all health and social care professionals and multidisciplinary teams with the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and experience they need to deliver effective stroke prevention and care to people with stroke, and at risk of stroke.

Stroke Toolkit

The Stroke Toolkit aligns to the NHS Long Term Plan and provides learners with a comprehensive list of online resources, that can be used in conjunction with the Stroke-Specific Education Framework, to support workforce upskilling, training and development.

Stroke Toolkit

Stroke FACTS elearning

The Fundamentals of Acute Care and Treatment in Stroke (FACTS) elearning resource provides a comprehensive introduction to stroke care. It was developed by the Stroke Research Team at the University of Central Lancashire as part of a research project, funded by Health Education England North West, which explored the stroke-specific content of undergraduate healthcare professional degrees. The final resource, informed by the Stroke-Specific Education Framework (SSEF) and relevant best practice guidelines, was evaluated with students and practicing healthcare staff (bands 2 to 6), who found the resource to be a suitable, acceptable and effective addition to their stroke-specific training.

FACTS provides knowledge relating to the 16 elements of the stroke care, as outlined in the SSEF, from awareness raising to participation in the community. Upon completion of the 2 sessions, learners will have a factual level  of knowledge (SSEF level 2) regarding the fundamental aspects of stroke care provision.

Stroke prevention

The Stroke Prevention module is aimed at GPs, pharmacists and non-specialist clinicians, who care for patients with atrial fibrillation. The module aims to improve participants knowledge of how to assess a patient’s stroke risk and their suitability for anticoagulation therapy, as well as educating participants on how to initiate and monitor anticoagulation therapy, including patient counselling.

More information

More information on stroke by Health Education England can be accessed on the website.

The Stroke-Specific Education Framework (SSEF) is a nationally recognised framework, developed with funding from the Department of Health, which details the knowledge and skills that health and social care professionals should possess to care for their patients appropriately and compassionately.

The SSEF Toolkit enables users to: self-assess and reflect upon their knowledge and skills by developing a personal profile; compare their personal profile with nationally agreed standardised role profiles; identify un-met learning needs and relevant training to address these; consult the SSEF in the development of curriculum; and advertise stroke-specific education and training opportunities.

Free to all users, the Toolkit is a mechanism to facilitate the continued professional development of the stroke workforce to ensure patients receive safe and effective care from highly trained healthcare professionals.

You can read more about the SSEF on the website.

Stroke Association (SA)

The Stroke Association provides resources for health and social care professionals and multidisciplinary teams, to effectively support stroke survivors and their families with information about stroke.

Population Wellbeing Portal

The portal is a repository of elearning resources to support health and social care professionals and multidisciplinary teams in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.



Meet the FACTS team from University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

  • Professor Dame Caroline Watkins

    Dame Caroline Watkins

    Professor of Stroke and Older People's Care
  • Colette Miller

    Colette Miller

    Research Fellow
  • Danielle Christian

    Danielle Christian

    Research Associate
  • Joe Spencer

    Joe Spencer

    Research Assistant
  • Rachel Georgiou

    Rachel Georgiou

    Senior Research Fellow
  • Liz Boaden

    Liz Boaden

    Senior Research Fellow

Meet the Health Education England (HEE) team

  • Professor Adrian M Brooke

    Adrian Brooke

    Deputy Medical Director (Workforce Alignment)
  • Dr Jonathan Corne

    Jonathan Corne

    Postgraduate Dean East Midlands
  • Mohamed Sadak

    Mohamed Sadak

    Programme Lead NHS Long Term Conditions (Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Stroke)
  • Folake Olubajo

    Folake Olubajo

    Business Manager Workforce Alignment
  • Vanessa Petroni

    Vanessa Petroni

    Programme Support Co-ordinator
  • Jon Cooper

    Jon Cooper

    Stroke Clinical Lead, Postgraduate Dean Yorkshire and the Humber

Meet the elearning for healthcare (eLfH) team

  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Programme Manager
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager
  • Alan Campbell

    Alan Campbell

    Learning Designer
  • Runam Prasad

    Runam Prasad

    Learning Designer
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rasmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Stakeholder Communications Officer

How to access

In order to access the Stroke programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Stroke programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Stroke programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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