Stroke Training NHS Lothian and NHS Borders
How stroke training developed in Lothian and Borders
In 2000, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) in partnership with NHS Lothian identified the need for specialised training for nurses and other health professionals working with stroke patients and their families.
With the appointment of a Stroke Training Coordinator, NHS Lothian has successfully been providing education and training courses and study days throughout the region for over ten years. The partnership was extended to incorporate NHS Borders in 2006.
All courses are open to health professionals and social service staff employed by NHS Lothian or NHS Borders who care for people who have had a stroke.
The courses have been designed as:
- Current Care in Stroke Part 1 which is delivered over 2 consecutive days (maximum of 20 participants).
- Current Care in Stroke Part 2 which is delivered over 2 consecutive days (maximum of 20 participants).
- The Single Stroke Study Days focus on specific relevant topics.
- Further Stroke Awareness courses are available for social services, voluntary and private sector care staff.
Each course and study day stands alone, the content having been carefully chosen to address the knowledge and skills required at that particular level.
The courses and study days aim to be:
- Relevant to the workplace
- Reflective of practice
- Empowering and enabling
- Challenging, but supportive and non judgmental
- Confidence building
Specifically designed study days can be set up in order to address the learning needs of particular staff groups.
Team of trainers
The Stroke training coordinator with a team of trainers, all with specific interest and experience in stroke, deliver the different aspects of the courses.
How do I apply for the courses?
From 2012 there will be allocated places on NHS Lothian Stroke Training Courses held in Edinburgh for health and social care staff from the Borders.
Go to our booking form and details page for the stroke course to suit you or contact:
Stroke Training Coordinator for Lothian and Borders
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
9 Haymarket Terrace
Tel 0131 225 6963 Fax 0131 220 6313
Gillian has worked at CHSS as the Stroke Training Coordinator for Lothian & Borders since 2009. She qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1998 and worked in the NHS in various hospital and community roles in stroke care. She has also worked within rehabilitation in rural New Zealand before coming to work for CHSS.
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