STARs (Stroke Training and Awareness Resources)
In 2005 NHS Education for Scotland (NES) published the Stroke Core Competencies which set out the core knowledge and skills required by all staff who care for people affected by stroke.
In 2008 the National Advisory Committee for Stroke identified training for staff working in stroke units as a priority for NHS Scotland. It is recognised that providing staff with access to high quality training is likely to have the greatest benefits for stroke patients.
The Scottish Government provided funding to develop an e–learning resource which incorporates the stroke core competencies and more specialised resources aimed at staff working in acute stroke services.
The STARs (Stroke Training and Awareness Resources) Project has delivered this work which is now available online at: www.StrokeTraining.org
The key stakeholders involved in the project are Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, NES and a national project steering group which includes expert stroke clinicians.
The website aims to provide an interactive way of learning and uses quizzes, animations, video clips and case scenarios. There are assessments which the learner may opt to undertake and which, if passed, gives a certificate of completion.
There are 2 levels to the STARs website:
- STARs Stroke Core Competencies
- STARs Advancing Stroke Modules
For further information contact:
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
9 Haymarket Terrace
Tel:0131 225 6963
Fran joined CHSS in 2010 as project coordinator for stroke4carers, a website for unpaid or informal stroke carers. She previously worked as an occupational therapist specialising in stroke rehabilitation in NHS Lothian.