Clinical Manifestations of Stroke

  • 22 hours
  • 4 days
  • 02 October 2019


This four-day course for healthcare professionals provides an introduction to the signs, symptoms and diagnosis of vascular diseases, including stroke.

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.

Course content

You'll learn about:

  • the stroke classification systems
  • differing presentations of cortical and lacunar stroke
  • diseases that mimic stroke
  • stroke and vision and hearing

Lecture topics will include:

  • Definitions of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Posterior circulation stroke
  • Stroke and vertigo
  • Stroke and subarachnoid haemorrhage

Who this course is for

This course is for healthcare professionals involved in stroke medicine, including:

  • doctors (all grades)
  • nurses
  • therapists
  • psychologists 
  • scientists

You should have an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Teaching and structure

Lectures, followed by a tutorial, take place once a week on Wednesdays (from 2 to 23 October 2019).

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes 
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits which can be used towards a postgraduate qualification at UCL if you enrol within five years

You can find out more about the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Stroke Medicine courses, including entry requirements, on the Institute of Neurology's website.

Assessment and certificates

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you complete the course.

The short course isn't assessed. If you're taking the course as a taster module you'll need to complete one assessment - a 2,000 word essay.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • localise a stroke and identify the arterial supply
  • understand the more common anatomical variants and the impact on treatment options
  • define features of a clinical history which identify common mimics
  • evaluate the risk of stroke in a patient with transient ischaemic attack (TIA or 'mini stroke')
  • describe the diagnostic pathway for a patient with a vasculopathy and suggest treatment strategies


The fees are:

  • £750 - short course 
  • £950 - taster module 

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Course team

Professor David Werring

David is Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCLH and The National Hospital, Queen Square. He runs a specialist outpatient service for patients with cerebral small vessel disease and a one-stop intracranial haemorrhage clinic at Queen Square with same-day neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, specialist nurse and consultant opinions.

Dr Sumanjit Gill

Sumanjit is a Consultant Stroke Physician and Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Neurology. She developed the Stroke MSc course and is now the course co-director. She's on the faculty of the IMPACT course as both a teacher and curriculum developer. Her clinical work in Stroke services involves the whole patient journey, from acute care through to the recovery phase.

Dr Richard Perry

Richard is a Neurology Consultant at UCLH. After overseeing the early development the Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU) at UCLH, he moved onto the post of Clinical Lead for Hyperacute Research. His main focus is on developing safe and clear protocols for excellence in hyperacute stroke care on the HASU, and on embedding research trials into those protocols to continue to develop an evidence base for the future.

Course information last modified: 03 Apr 2019, 09:20