Information about the SSEF and Online Toolkit

Learn more about how to use the SSEF

  • If you want to learn 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 an introduction to all of the features you can make use of.

Hear from SSEF users about how it 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

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.


The SSEF Project Team (2023) Understanding stroke-specific workforce transformation initiatives: A nationwide consultation exercise. Available here

Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (2023) National Clinical Guideline for Stroke for the UK and Ireland. Available here


GIRFT and National Stroke Programme (2022) RightCare stroke toolkit. Available here

Dr David Hargroves and Dr Deb Lowe (2022) GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report – Stroke. Available here

NHS National Stroke Programme (2022) National service model for an integrated community stroke service. Available here


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


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

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