The ‘CHD and Stroke Strategy’ published in 2002 identified the need to provide a set of Core Competencies for professionals working with people with stroke and CHD conditions. The National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS) commissioned NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to take this work forward and the Stroke Core Competencies were published in April 2005.

In May 2007 funding was secured from the Scottish Government Health Directorate to develop an e-learning training resource based on the Stroke Core Competencies. The key stakeholders involved in the project are Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, University of Edinburgh, NHS Education for Scotland as well as a national steering group which includes expert stroke clinicians.

Case Authors

Each of the 14 NHS Boards in Scotland were asked to select members of the community and acute healthcare and social care teams to participate as case authors. The case authors were responsible for authoring the content and design of the website. 12 NHS Boards and a wide range of professions were represented.


The STARs steering group would like to thank the following for their contribution to the website:

Case Authors

  • Aidan McGlashan, Advanced Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Fife
  • Alison Cassells, Stroke Nurse Specialist, NHS Fife
  • Alison Gibb, Senior Dietitian, NHS Fife
  • Anne Wotherspoon, Young Stroke Support Worker, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Anne Marie Irving, Senior Speech and Language Therapist NHS Forth Valley
  • Campbell Chalmers, Stroke Nurse Consultant, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Darren Brand, Senior Orthoptist, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • David Gillespie, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian
  • David Blaney, Director of Postgraduate GP Education, NES
  • Denise Livingstone, Senior Physiotherapist, NHS Highland
  • Elizabeth Barrie, Ward Sister, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Fiona Morrison, Stroke Training Coordinator, NHS Fife / CHSS
  • Gill Alexander, Physiotherapy Team Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Gillian Paton, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Gillian Crighton, Deputy Head of Physiotherapy, NHS Tayside
  • Hazel Hamilton, Stroke Coordinator, NHS Highland
  • Iona Cowie, Senior Occupational Therapist, NHS Tayside
  • Jill Beswick, Specialist Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist, NHS Shetland
  • Jim Foulis, Practice Education Regional Coordinator, NES
  • John Higgon, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • John McCall, Stroke Nurse Specialist, NHS Forth Valley
  • Judith Binney, Lead Community Physiotherapist, NHS Grampian
  • Katrina Brennan, Stroke MCN Manager, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Lorna Carr, Head Occupational Therapist, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • Lynn Reid, Lead Training Coordinator, CHSS
  • Lynsey Duncan, Stroke Training Coordinator, NHS Grampian / CHSS
  • Margaret Somerville, Director of Advice & Support, CHSS
  • Morag Ogilvie, Senior Dietitian, NHS Forth Valley
  • Pam Rogerson, Social Worker, Lothian
  • Sandy Ghosh, Consultant Physician, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Sharon Mulhern, Clinical Psychologist in Aquired Brain Injury, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Sonja Smit, Head of Occupational Therapy Services, NHS Western Isles
  • Therese Jackson, Consultant Occupational Therapist in Stroke, NHS Grampian
  • Wendy Davies, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Other Contributors

  • Heather Bryceland, Stroke Training Coordinator, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde / CHSS
  • Elaine Grubb, Stroke Training Coordinator, NHS Dumfries & Galloway / CHSS
  • Aileen Robinson, Communications Training Manager, CHSS
  • Mark Smith, Consultant Physiotherapist in Stroke
  • Bob McIntosh, Personal Testimony
  • Lindsay Richardson, Personal Testimony
  • Peter Bruce, Personal Testimony

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Steering Group Membership

  • Prof Martin Dennis – National Advisory Committee for Stroke
  • Clare Adams – Project Manager, CHSS
  • Margaret Somerville – Director of Advice & Support, CHSS
  • Lynn Reid – Lead Training Coordinator, CHSS
  • Campbell Chalmers – Stroke Nurse Consultant NHS Lanarkshire
  • Therese Jackson – Consultant Occupational Therapist in Stroke NHS Grampian
  • Gillian Paton – Senior Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Prof David Dewhurst – Director of Learning Technology, University of Edinburgh
  • Michael Begg – e-learning Manager, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof David Blaney – Director of Postgraduate GP Education, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Dorothy Armstrong – Programme Director, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Lynn Caldwell – Knowledge Services Advisor, NHS Scotland e-library

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