Treatment of Stroke: Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) and Service Delivery

  • 29 hours
  • 6 days
  • 27 November 2019


On this six-day course for healthcare professionals you'll learn about the principles of stroke care in the first few days following admission.

It'll help you:

  • evaluate the current evidence for endovascular treatment
  • understand the basis of patient selection

You'll learn about stroke pathways, patient experience, thrombolysis and endovascular treatment.

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

Course content

Lecture topics will include:

  • Continence
  • Endovascular simulation session
  • Patient experience workshop
  • Quality markers in stroke

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 27 November 2019 to 22 January 2020).

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, certificates and accreditation

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

The course is currently awaiting approval from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for CPD.

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand the principles of multidisciplinary care in both typical and atypical stroke presentations
  • understand areas of current uncertainty about what represents best practice in specific stroke sub types and how to communicate this to patients
  • tackle commonly encountered clinical problems on the stroke unit
  • appreciate the difficulties of diagnosing the dying phase in stroke patients and understand the process of withdrawing care in catastrophic stroke
  • plan safe and effective discharges


The fees are:

  • £750 - short course
  • £950 - 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 Robert Simister

Robert is Clinical Director Stroke Services at UCLH and North Central London Stroke Operational Network Clinical Lead. He's dual accredited in Neurology and Stroke Medicine and has been a consultant since 2008. He has led the UCLH Comprehensive Stroke Service since 2012 and runs a specialist outpatient service for patients with stroke secondary to large vessel disease.

Course information last modified: 03 Apr 2019, 09:23