National Stroke-Specific Training Needs Analysis – What are your development needs?

The Stroke-Specific Education Framework research team, funded by NHS England Workforce, Training and Education (formerly Health Education England) and supported at a national clinical policy level, have launched a nationwide survey to determine the training needs of healthcare staff providing comprehensive stroke services in England to inform improvements in stroke-specific workforce development.

The importance of stroke-specific knowledge and skills, and the need to mainstream stroke-specific professional development in practice, is recognised as a priority in the delivery of safe and effective stroke care. National policies and a Stroke-Specific Education Framework (SSEF) have been implemented in England to ensure that stroke services are staffed by a workforce with the relevant knowledge and skills, and these have contributed to a reduction in stroke mortality in the UK.

Through this nationwide survey, in conjunction with key stakeholders, we aim to determine the training needs of healthcare staff providing comprehensive stroke services in England. The results will be used to inform improvements in stroke-specific workforce development.

We are seeking to engage a broad spectrum of the stroke healthcare workforce, across all roles and bands. Please consider participating if you have a role in the stroke health and social care workforce and believe you may have information to share that can help identify current stroke-specific learning needs of those working in stroke care.

We anticipate the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please click here, to take part. Upon completing the survey, you will have the option to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three prizes: 1) UK Stroke Forum 2023 registration and accommodation; 2) A £200 Love2Shop voucher; 3) A £100 Love2Shop voucher as a thank you for participation.

Information about the SSEF and Online Toolkit

Learn more about how to use the SSEF

  • If you want to learn a little more about the SSEF please take a look at this brief video.
  • For more detailed information and instructions about how to use the SSEF and the Online Toolkit, please take a look at this longer video (approx 8 minutes) which provides and introduction to all of the features you can make use of.

Learn from SSEF users about how the SSEF can be used in practice

  • An introduction from Deb Lowe, the National Clinical Director for Stroke and Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician Available here
  • Using the SSEF from the perspective of a healthcare professional. Available here
  • Implementing the SSEF in stroke practice, an example from one Integrated Stroke Delivery Network. Available here

Useful links

NHS England; eLearning for healthcare. Stroke Programme and Toolkit of online educational resources. Available here

NHS Health Education England. HEE Star: Accelerating workforce redesign. Available here

Getting it Right First Time. Stroke Workstream. Available here

Research and Policy

The below list includes a snapshot of policy and research relevant to the national stroke workforce and the Stroke-Specific Education Framework.



NHS National Stroke Programme (2021) National Stroke Service Model: Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks. Available here

The SSEF Project Team (2021) Healthcare professional perceptions of the Stroke-Specific Education Framework; Factors influencing effective implementation and adoption in the national stroke workforce. Available here


NHS (2019) The NHS Long Term Plan. Available here


Jones, S. et al (2018) The impact of education and training interventions for nurses and other health care staff involved in the delivery of stroke care: An integrative review. Available here


Miller, C. et al (2017) Reducing variation in health professional undergraduate health programmes on stroke through collaborative research and development. Available here


Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (2016). National clinical guideline for stroke (5th ed.). Available here


NHS Health Education England North West (2014) Case Study: Delivering stroke-specific education and training. Available here


Leathley, M. et al (2012) Developing an education framework for stroke. Available here

Watkins, CL. et al (2012) Promoting stroke-specific education. Available here


Department of Health (2009) The Stroke-Specific Education Framework. Available here


Department of Health (2007) National Stroke Strategy. Available here


National Audit Office (2005) Reducing Brain Damage: Faster access to better stroke care. Available here


Department of Health (2001) National Service Framework for Older People. Available here