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An introduction to physiotherapy relating to the management of stroke

30-32 hours





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This course is currently under review and a new Stroke Programme will be available in 2024. For countries requiring accreditation, please review the allocated accreditation points before starting this course.


According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study (2010), Stroke categorised under Cardiovascular and Circulatory Diseases, is the second leading cause of death globally and the third leading cause of premature death and disability as measured in Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY). A challenge to global health, the prevalence of stroke and its cost is likely to rise as the aging population increases.

Stroke is a complex pathology with many different clinical presentations each with unique impairments and activity limitations. Physiotherapy can have a massive impact on quality of life of a Stroke survivor.  When working with individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of stroke, best practice requires a good understanding of the pathology and skills in assessment and treatment selection and rehabilitation.  Stroke is a large topic area, and can be studied as an area of clinical specialism within Physiotherapy, therefore this course is by no means exhaustive.


This course aims to provide an overview of physiotherapy practice relating to Stroke to develop a foundation of knowledge that will enable you to assess and treat individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of stroke.


  1. Section 1: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, Anatomy, and Clinical Presentations
  2. Section 2: Assessment of Stroke including Outcome Measures
  3. Section 3: Management of Stroke including Clinical Guidelines
  4. Section 4: Specific Therapeutic Interventions including Gait, Upper Limb

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

This course is divided into 4 sections/weeks and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 30-32 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Plus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 30.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:

  1. abide by the Plus Community Culture
  2. log as completed all the required learning activities
  3. actively participate in the course forum discussions
  4. pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  5. complete a course evaluation form

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify three modifiable risk factors for Stroke
  • compare and contrast the two main classifications of Stroke
  • describe four clinical presentations of Stroke and outline the resulting deficits
  • analyse the prevalence of Stroke in your community compared to the rest of the world
  • examine three ways in which damage to the brain influences movement and posture related to the different classifications of Stroke
  • compare and contrast three Stroke Assessment Scales used to assess an individual following Stroke
  • explain four principles underlying assessment of Stroke to ensure a holistic approach
  • choose six specific Outcome Measures to quantify impairment or functional limitation level post Stroke
  • Debate the role of clinical guidelines in Stroke management
  • Identify when brain imaging should be performed immediately for patients with persistent neurological symptoms.
  • Select two appropriate treatment options for an individual following Stroke
  • Discuss the role of physiotherapy in secondary prevention of Stroke
  • Describe how the role of a physical therapist fits within the multiple within an ideal multidisciplinary team working with an individual post stroke
  • Identify six different evidence based therapeutic approaches to managing an individual following Stroke
  • Develop a treatment plan involving three evidence based specific therapeutic interventions based on an assessment of an individual with stroke
  • Describe the rationale and application of three evidence based strategies to increase upper extremity function after stroke
  • Design an exercise program for an individual following stroke related to their specific presentation.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course write-up about general and rehabilitative stroke management was very insightful and educational.
P&O Technician
I would highly recommend this course! I found it easy to complete. It presented a theory I learnt many years ago, and taught me about more recent developments in the area of stroke management. I liked the variety of lecturers, material and the forum where you could write what you thought. I feel much better prepared to tackle my job in Neurology having completed the Stroke Course and the Neurology course.
Philippa Grammaticas
United Kingdom
Perfect course for all physiotherapists in environments where there are limited opportunities to carry out local research on stroke interventions due to so many constraints.
Asiimwe Samuel Rwakijuma
I really enjoyed the course! It built confidence. I look forward to taking another course in the future. Thanks for this wonderful online opportunity.
Mithun Chandra Das
This course so resources full. It has helped me a lot to focus on more evidence-based practice.
This course is amazing to provide a comprehensive knowledge about stroke and evidence based rehabilitation
Ali Ismail
Very informative, well rounded course. Great review of neuroanatomy and gives a very thorough repertoire of treatment techniques. Would recommend!
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I genuinely loved every minute of the course. So varied in resources which kept me engaged, excellent resources right in front of you and a greater insight into stroke from a patient's viewpoint. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone working in this field.
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I was finishing the course in the physio staff room at a different hospital than I normally work in and I was telling the staff there about these courses and how great they are. I have finished the stroke and the foot and ankle courses and I have learnt so much from them despite having been a physio for 38 years.
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