1st October 2004




A new course put together by stroke care professionals across the health care community has been accredited by the University of Lincoln.


The development of the course involved a partnership between the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), East Lincolnshire PCT and the University of Lincoln.


The 10-week course aims to focus on patient care and students’ training will include close work with stroke patients to learn more about their experiences.


It was chosen as a priority to help stroke patients from the point of admission through to returning to the community.


“A stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK and can happen to anyone, not just elderly people,” said consultant physician and course leader Dr Simon Leach.


“The death rate from severe stroke is 60 per cent with only five per cent of sufferers left without any disability.  The idea of the course is to bring up the level of knowledge, to encourage team work and to deliver better care to people who have suffered strokes.”


The course has been commissioned by the Trent Workforce Development Confederation via the Lincolnshire Health Community and Education and Training Group.


The course is the first graded course of its kind in the county and started this week. All 18 places on the course, which were available to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, intermediate care professionals and district nurses, have already been taken.



For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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