Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Stroke Rehabilitation (Online)

This course will support nurses and other health care practitioners in developing their advanced level practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation. It will have a specific focus on the needs of young adults with stroke or other Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their family and carers, but be relevant to a wider range of conditions and age groups.

SCQF Level 11
Credits 20

Course Organiser

Dr Colin Chandler
Start Date September 2023
Fees UK £1,690

About the course

This course will explore common issues faced in neurological practice including physical issues of fatigue, spasticity, swallowing, pain, continence; neurobehavioral issues around cognition, behaviour, anger, rage with lack of inhibition or insight, intellectual processing, memory, speech and language; wider issues around employment, family and social engagement. The issues will be related to the underlying neuroscience. Online lectures will introduce new topics in order. Discussion approaches, other online activities (e.g. Padlets, Blogs, Journals) and interactive exercises will enable you to explore, discuss and reflect on the key learning outcomes for specific material. You will have a weekly study pattern consisting of 1-2 hours of core material alongside ongoing interactive activities and reading; you will be studying and researching independently and reflecting on your practice experience.

The course will be informed by the experiences of young stroke survivors and will run over a 10 week period. You will be expected to engage each week with the online material, with its directed activities, further study (both individual and collaborative), reading and reflection. The direct online input will be around 2 hours per week, but the follow on activities including online interaction with staff and other students will require additional time.

Formative assessment tasks will be undertaken in weeks 3 and 6 with both peer and staff feedback. Summative assessment will be focused on patient experience from their narratives and personal reflection.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the core concepts of rehabilitation practice as applied to acquired brain injury and stroke in young adults.
  2. Critically relate practice issues to the needs of young stroke survivors.
  3. Engage with the complex neuroscience and neuropathology of stroke and ABI, and demonstrate the ability to communicate this appropriately to a range of stakeholder audiences.
  4. Critically reflect on their own learning needs in the area of stroke and ABI rehabilitation.


1. Case analysis 3000-3500 words, 70%

2. Critical reflection 1000 words 30%

How to apply for CPD courses

CPD courses are appropriate for applicants who have already studied an undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Along with a completed application form, you will need to submit copies of the following supporting documents:

  • A work reference. If your referee prefers that you do not see your letter of recommendation, they can mail them to us, confidentially, at the below address.
  • A short personal statement. Your personal statement should explain why you wish to study on the course and provide any additional information which you feel may support your application.
  • An email stating whether you wish to take the course with or without academic credit.

You don't need to submit evidence of your ability to study at Postgraduate level with your application, but we may ask to see copies of your undergraduate degree certificate or academic transcript (or equivalent).

Please complete the application form either digitally or in block capitals and black ink, and return to us - including any supporting documents - at the postal or email address below.

CPD Application Form 2023-24 (19.82 KB Word)

Further information

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