Course Profile

Course Profile: Stroke Awareness (1 & 1/2 Days)
THaving a stroke can be a devastating experience for the person and those around them. It is crucial that they receive well-informed, empathic and respectful support.
This course examines the causes and effects of strokes, how they impact on the independence, dignity and choice of the individual and how the support or care worker can help the person to have the best possible quality of life drawing on Person Centred principles. The course is informed by The Stroke Association, NICE standards is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It is underpinned by the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013).
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB1.1; 2.1; 4.1; 5.1; 6.1
Care certificate: 1.4, 5, 6, 7, 8
SHC026; HSC2007; HSC2014; HSC2015
The course is designed for Support and Care Workers in a variety of settings. The course may also be useful for others offering support e.g. family members, volunteers etc.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What a stroke is; the signs and symptoms
  • The incidence, different causes/predisposing factors of strokes e.g. Lifestyle & Heredity factors
  • The impact of a stroke on the individual and those around them
  • The First Aid response to a stroke
  • The initial treatment, time span and prognosis
  • The physical and mental manifestations of a stroke & how to respond to them
  • How to recognise and address the changed/changing needs of the person
  • The impact and benefit of Person Centred care and support
  • The specific problems associated with communication and swallowing
  • What happens to people physically and emotionally when they are excluded and socially isolated
  • Methods of support, the challenges that may present and how to respond to them
  • How dignity, choices and preferences and the support and promotion of independence can enhance the quality of life of the individual
  • The skills required for effective care and support
  • The effectiveness and importance of using multi-agencies and team working
  • NICE guidance and government strategies
Training methods utilised are highly interactive and include a considerable amount of group simulation, Role-play, Trust exercises , Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint Presentations, Role-play, Handouts