Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARS)

HEADLINE: STARs & HEARTe ‘Modules Makeover’

As part of our ongoing commitment to quality improvement, STARs (Core Competencies and Advancing) and HEARTe free online learning resources are undergoing upgrade work.

These online learning resources continue to be important for professionals working within Stroke & Heart care, with over 750,000 people accessing STARs & over 170,000 people accessing HEARTe since their launch.

It is now time for a ‘modules makeover’ to make sure everything can be accessed on mobile devices, to remove the need to use Flash Player and to reflect the latest clinical guidance.

So what’s changing?

From July 2020, STARs and HEARTe eLearning resources will be accessed at:


This e-learning resource provides a learning tool for health and social care staff to enable them to become more knowledgeable and skilful in the challenging area of stroke care. The resource is based on the Stroke Core Competencies which were published by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in 2005.

The website provides a multidisciplinary resource which focuses on a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care.

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What are Core Competencies?

Core Competencies are those which all health and social care staff working with people affected by stroke should know about (knowledge) or be able to perform (skills).

Target audience:

This e-learning resource is aimed at health and social care staff who may:

  • be new to stroke – such as rotational staff or those new in post
  • wish to refresh / extend their existing stroke knowledge and skills
  • be community based with a mixed pathology case load including stroke
  • have limited access to other stroke specific training

The website may also be accessed by patients, carers and other members of the general public.


There is a short evaluation form to complete which will give us valuable information and feedback on the website. Please take a few moments and help us by filling this in.

Further resources

The Stroke4Carers website includes 34 film clips which were developed and filmed with unpaid stroke carers and members of the public in mind. You may find them useful for your own training and knowledge. It may also help you to understand some of the issues which stroke carers and families have to deal with. All film clips can be downloaded from the site.
View the full list of film clips.