Short courses


Acute Stroke Care: An Online Course for the Multidisciplinary Team

  • 7 hours per week
  • 6 weeks


This online course will help doctors, nurses and allied health professionals keep up-to-date in the field of acute stroke care.

You'll learn about the causes of stroke and all aspects of pre-hospital, in-hospital and post-hospital care.

You'll learn from case studies, patients' experiences, journal articles and discussions with the course team and other professionals.

It's aimed at all members of the multidisciplinary team who care for stroke patients.

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

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for those working in the field of stroke care, including:

  • doctors (all grades)
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • psychologists

Course content

This online course is divided into three main sections, following an introduction.

Pre-hospital care 

In this section you'll learn about:

  • neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of stroke
  • risk factors for stroke
  • paramedic-led stroke care
  • diagnosis of stroke

Hospital care

In this section you'll learn about:

  • acute interventions - thrombolysis and thrombectomy
  • diagnosis - patient history and tests
  • imaging - MRI, CT, perfusion imaging
  • investigations
  • stroke rehabilitation and recovery

Post-hospital care 

In this section you'll learn about:

  • discharge planning
  • stroke prevention
  • community services
  • recovery

Teaching and structure

This is a highly interactive online course, delivered over six weeks.

Each week you'll need to spend about seven hours reading, completing learning activities and taking part in online discussions. You can access the resources and activities at a time which suits you.

Learning actives will include:

  • watching a video about a simulated case and answering questions about it
  • writing a reflective piece about a case
  • listening to a patient narrative and answering questions about it
  • service-focused problem solving
  • peer-review of critical appraisals 

There will be an online discussion area where you can share ideas and clinical practice. This will also allow you to develop your thinking as a group and network with other people taking the course.

A recommended reading list will be sent to you before the start of the course. 

Certificate and assessment

At the end of the course you'll be assessed by a set of multiple-choice questions.

You'll receive a certificate of attendance after completing the course and passing the final assessment.

CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and accreditation from the UK Forum for Stroke Training have been applied for.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • identify a stroke syndrome and give an appropriate classification
  • evaluate an acute stroke case and suggest further investigations - infarct and haemorrhage
  • discuss ethical dilemmas associated with stroke, e.g. feeding, death and dying 
  • explain factors influencing the recovery of a stroke patient 
  • interpret CT imaging to identify haemorrhage, infarct 

Further information

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Neurology, which also runs an MSc/PGDip/PGCert Stroke Medicine and a number of short courses. Find out more on the institute's website.

Course team

 Dr Sumanjit Gill

Dr Sumanjit Gill

Sumanjit is a Consultant Stroke Physician and Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Queen Square 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.

Professor David Werring

Professor David Werring

David is Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 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 Robert Simister

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: 11 May 2021, 14:02