Education & development
The following conferences and professional development opportunities are excellent ways to learn about leading-edge research and stroke service delivery:
Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation
This online, graduate-level credit certificate from the University of Alberta is an inter-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation program designed to address the learning needs of rehabilitation clinicians across the continuum of care.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Clinical Specialty
This program certifies physiotherapists who have focused their careers in a specific area of physiotherapy clinical practice, including neurosciences.
This multi-level, interactive, comprehensive, web based educational series develops stroke competency and is designed to train all levels.
Stroke Core Competencies for Health and Social Care Staff - NHS Education for Scotland
This website is a multidisciplinary resource covering a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care. Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARS) is an e-learning resource which enables health and social care staff to become more knowledgeable and skilful in the challenging area of stroke care.
University of Calgary Acute Stroke Care E-learning Modules
This acute stroke care e-learning portal offers e-learning modules for all types of health care professionals.
BCEHS Hot Stroke FAST-VAN Assessment Tool Learning Hub Course
Learning Hub course 17828 provides information for BCEHS paramedics to assess Hot Strokes, including identifying potential large vessel occlusions. It also provides information on levels of stroke care available in British Columbia and a brief overview of the evidence of treatment for stroke patients.
The AlphaFIM is an assessment that can be done in acute care to support decision making around discharge disposition, and to guide triage decisions around stroke rehabilitation. Training is supported and organized by SSBC, and conducted by CIHI.
National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)
NIHSS is an acute assessment scale used by physicians and other healthcare professionals to measure neurological impairment caused by stroke.
Modified Rankin Scale (mRS)
mRS is a functional assessment scale used for assessing disability in people who have suffered a stroke or other causes of neurological disability.