Life after stroke


Life after stroke

Stroke continues to be the most prevalent disability in the developed world. In the UK there are approximately 900,000 people living with the experiences of stroke at any one time. The focus of this module is the appreciative and critical enquiry of factors which influence successful community reintegration and life after stroke. The term ‘Life after Stroke’ was first used by the UK Stroke strategy in 2007 and incorporated a number of quality domains for consideration for all practitioners working in stroke. Rehabilitation which supports people to successfully adjust to the experience of stroke is now a growing area of research and practice.

Many underlying concepts influence life after stroke, at both individual/personal level, and organisational/service delivery level. These will form an important focus of the module. This module provides a particular emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to work at an individual/personal level to enable coping, adjustment self-management and active participation post stroke.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the research concerning factors influencing successful transition and adjustment after stroke.
  2. Identify components and elements of effective programmes for people with other long-term conditions that could be applied for people after stroke.
  3. Debate the current philosophy of stroke rehabilitation programmes in preparing a person towards active participation and community reintegration
  4. Critically appraise methods of measuring and screening the skills required for active participation and adjustment after stroke.
  5. Critically consider strategies to improve and facilitate self-management behaviours and coping after stroke.

Who is the module for? Suitable for all practitioners working in health and social care including nurses, doctors, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, social workers and speech and language therapists.

Module code: ER715X

Entry criteria:
Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a first degree in a relevant professional area (or an equivalent overseas qualification). Recent Level 6 or 7 study will also be considered.

Non-standard applicants

  • Qualified health and social care practitioners (without first degrees) that can demonstrate evidence of either a contribution to the development of practice, or appropriate other study, are also encouraged to apply. Alternative qualifications may be considered and applicants holding these qualifications are encouraged to submit an application form. Candidates may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts) and asked to complete a short qualifying essay.
  • If you are an international student, you will also need an English Language qualification such as IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each section) or other equivalent recognised language qualification.

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7

Assessment: 2500 word essay and a formative oral presentation.

Location: St George’s, University of London

Module length: 9 days

Module dates*
Thursday mornings during Spring term (Jan to Mar 2016)
*Dates may change

Fee: £840