Published date
Friday, 3 March, 2017

Yesterday, our Stroke Training team delivered our Professional Masterclass in Stirling which is part of a series of classes for professionals working in stroke.

As part of each masterclass, we invite leading stroke experts to host seminars on their specialist topic. These speakers share their knowledge, skills and experience to aid delegates' professional development.

The focus of the Stirling event was managing stroke as a long-term, complex condition, and we were delighted to welcome Professor Peter Langhorne, University of Glasgow, who talked to delegates about early rehabilitation after stroke and service delivery. This included the international, Stroke Association co-funded research study called AVERT, which suggests that very early, high-intensity rehab is actually worse than providing patients with standard care.

Professor Peter Langhorne: early rehabilitation after stroke and service delivery

Also speaking at the Stirling event was Professor Joanna Wardlaw CBE, University of Edinburgh, who talked about cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and its relationship to stroke and vascular dementia. Last year Professor Wardlaw also delivered the prestigious Stroke Association Keynote lecture. We're also collaborating with the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer's Society on a joint £2.2 million Priority Programme on vascular dementia with projects awarded later this year.

Professor Joanna Wardlaw: cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) and stroke

As well as talks from researchers, delegates heard a stroke survivor's perspective on long-term management after stroke and survivorship (Mrs Laura McHard), discussed best practice case studies, had a Q&A session with all speakers.

Mrs Laura McHard sharing her journey following her stroke.

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