Main programmes

You can still register on the day to attend the UK Stroke Forum Conference at the on site rate of £514. Just visit the registration desk at the venue.

Primary care training stream

This year, there will also be a primary care training stream on Wednesday 29 November, providing up to date guidance on the prevention and management in stroke care. 

View the Primary Care One-Day Training Stream Programme and visit the registration desk on site to register. 

Social care training stream

Also on Wednesday 29 November, a training workshop will be held that is designed for Adult Social Workers, Assistant Social Workers and Senior Care Staff.

Join us for this one-day workshop to hear from inspirational speakers offering practical ideas to improve your own practice.

View the Social Care One-Day Training Stream Programme and visit the registration desk on site to register. 

Key features

  • Three days, including a dedicated training day with a choice of streams depending on your role
  • Over 20 main conference sessions, each focused on a different aspect of stroke care
  • Over 90 expert speakers and researchers giving talks on the latest research updates and service improvements
  • Over 60 exhibition stands showcasing new innovations and industry developments
  • Over 180 research posters including ongoing trials
  • Practical workshops
  • Debate sessions
  • Stroke survivors sharing their experiences
  • Meetings for the latest trial updates
  • CPD contribution
  • Networking opportunities - drinks reception and fabulous themed gala dinner.

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"The UK Stroke Forum is the best stroke meeting that I attend each year, not least because it is truly multidisciplinary and therefore a place where I can meet a wide range of colleagues and hear about developments outside my own professional area."
Professor Tony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke NHS England


We are delighted that the World Stroke Organisation and European Stroke Organisation have endorsed the UK Stroke Forum Conference 2017


Why people attend UKSF

The UKSF conference gives attendees the opportunity to:

  • gain relevant accredited professional training
  • find out the latest research and service developments
  • learn about new innovations and services in the exhibition
  • network with colleagues from across the entire care pathway
  • showcase their work by submitting an abstract for presentation at the event.

There are people from all roles in stroke care who attend the forum and some of those people have told us what attending UKSF has done for them. 

Michelle Price - Consultant Therapist - Why she attended UKSF

As a Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurorehabilitation, the UK Stroke Forum Conference is the flagship event of the year for any physiotherapist. It offers me unrivalled opportunities to hear the latest in stroke research, hear from a wide range of inspiring and world-class speakers with a choice of over 50 sessions, each focused on a different aspect of stroke care.

For three years, I sat on the UK Stroke Forum Scientific Programme Committee as the ACPIN representative. The committee is formed of over 25 organisations and has the mammoth task of planning the scientific programme ensuring the latest research and service developments are presented each year. Last year I handed that mantle over, and I have to say it was lovely to attend the Forum without any responsibility for the content!

My role requires me to wear several hats which cover all aspects of the stroke journey, from prevention to long-term support. Every year I have attended the conference I have learnt something that challenges my clinical practice, either at a level of treating individual patients or a different way of delivering or evaluating a service. This comes from the main conference, the training workshops, presentations, as well from physio specific presentations and the wider aspects of rehabilitation, such as visual and cognitive problems.

It’s also reassuring that as a service we have already implemented some of the ideas that are being presented, particularly as I work in a small rural health setting.

This year I’m looking forward to the opening plenary: ‘Stroke service reconfiguration: the challenges, the outcomes and the future?’ which will offer a real insight into the future of stroke services. There really is such a wide range of sessions which I have already scheduled into the diary including: upper limb rehabilitation, gait, mobility, self-efficacy and self-management sessions - the problem will be fitting everything in!

It’s an incredible conference and hugely beneficial having professionals who work together in a multidisciplinary way; being educated together. I always come away from the conference feeling engaged, challenged and not to forget mentally exhausted!

Michelle Price
Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurorehabilitation (MCSP)
Powys Teaching Health Board

Katie Gallacher - GP - Why she attended UKSF

As a GP, I see the devastating effects a stroke has on a daily basis and believe every stroke survivor deserves the chance to make their best possible recovery, with primary care having a crucial role to play in achieving this. The consequences of stroke can be considerable for individuals and their families, and there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to supporting stroke survivors with their recovery.

For over two years now I have sat on the UK Stroke Forum Steering Group and the Scientific Programme Committee as the RCGP representative. The UK Stroke Forum Conference brings together over 1,500 healthcare professionals from across the stroke care pathway. The scientific committee consists of representatives from 25 organisations which have the mammoth task of planning the scientific programme, ensuring the latest research and service developments are presented each year.

With primary care staff taking such a key role in supporting stroke survivors, the committee and I have developed a Primary Care One Day Stream which is designed specifically for GPs, Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses. The training stream takes place on Wednesday 30 November at the ACC in Liverpool. 

The one-day stream will provide practical guidance to the primary and secondary prevention of stroke, a discussion on the role of primary care in stroke management and insight into the diagnosis of stroke. Interactive workshops will cover cognition and psychological difficulties after stroke. Additionally, prior to the start of the one-day stream you will have access to sessions at the UKSF conference such as 'Stroke service reconfiguration' and 'Further down the line: who is responsible for longer term stroke care?'

This day will allow you to hear from enthusiastic, inspirational speakers who offer practical clinical knowledge, networking opportunities and provide a CPD contribution.

We have frozen the rates for 2017, with a one-day reduced rate of £55 which includes materials, lunch, refreshments and access to the UK’s largest stroke exhibition.

Places on the stream are limited, therefore if you or your colleagues are interested, I would urge you to register soon.

Dr Katie Gallacher 
Stroke Association HRH Princess Margaret Clinical Lecturer 
University of Glasgow

James Benson - Physiotherapist - Why he attended UKSF

As a practicing physiotherapist who proudly scooped the ‘Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Delivering Integrated Health and Social Care Award' in 2014, I have seen how research developments have transformed the way we approach stroke care. 

Physiotherapists have a crucial role to play in ensuring every stroke survivor makes the best possible recovery. The condition has a greater disability impact on an individual than any other chronic disease, and there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to supporting stroke survivors with their recovery.

Every year hundreds of physiotherapists attend the UK Stroke Forum, which is the UK’s largest multi-disciplinary stroke conference of the year. It brings together professionals and researchers from across the stroke pathway to share best practice and discuss the latest research findings.

I attend the UK Stroke Forum every year as it provides the opportunity for me to learn from my peers, share ideas and ultimately aim to improve standards of care for stroke survivors.

The 2017 UK Stroke Forum Conference, 28-30 November at the ACC in Liverpool, will provide physiotherapists the opportunity to hear the latest rehabilitation developments and service improvements for acute and long-term management.  

The programme has a wide variety of engaging sessions which are designed to develop the physiotherapist community including sessions on: falls after stroke, upper limb rehabilitation, motor and sensory adjuncts to therapy, promoting and measuring self-efficacy and self –management, gait rehabilitation, fatigue after stroke and what’s hot and what’s next in rehabilitation.

It is truly an unmissable event for any physiotherapist wishing to increase their knowledge, skills, networks and ultimately improve their own practice. 

James Benson
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
NPP Neuro Group 

Praveen Kumar - Lecturer in Physiotherapy - Why he attended UKSF

I have attended UKSF for the last few years and have found this multi-disciplinary conference very interesting and informative. It provides a great platform and opportunity for the clinicians, academics, and researchers from a wide range of disciplines to share, learn and disseminate evidence based-practice. 

As a Physiotherapist with interest in stroke rehabilitation, I find this conference very relevant which provides opportunity for networking, developing links for future research and most importantly helps inform and change your clinical practice.

The sessions run on the main conference and as part of the training day provide ample opportunity to learn new information from the experts (both national and international) in stroke rehabilitation. I also enjoy ‘poster tours’ which gives great opportunity for future collaborations.

I was an ACPIN representative on the scientific committee and really valued this opportunity.

This year’s programme also looks very exciting and I am looking forward to great training day session on upper limb rehabilitation and re-thinking falls risk and management after stroke. In addition to other MDT sessions, physiotherapy specific parallel sessions on Promoting and measuring self-efficacy and self-management and Gait rehabilitation also look very promising.

I find the UKSF conference very refreshing and inspiring which helps generate new ideas for research and clinical practice.

Dr Praveen Kumar
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
University of West of England

Avril Drummond - Occupational Therapist and outgoing chair - Why she attended UKSF

As occupational therapists, we know that people can make an excellent recovery following a stroke. However, the condition can also result in significant disability, and there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to supporting stroke survivors with their rehabilitation.

For the past four years I have sat on the UK Stroke Forum Committee undertaking various roles including Chair, Chair Elect and now as Outgoing Chair. The coalition’s aim is to provide opportunities for all stroke professionals and researchers to come together so they can learn from each other, share ideas and ultimately improve standards of care for stroke survivors.

The coalition hosts the UK’s largest stroke conference for professionals, which will provide occupational therapists and a range of health professionals with the opportunity to share learning and best practice around long-term stroke rehabilitation. 

This year will be an unmissable event for therapists, held in Liverpool from 28-30 November 2017, the conference has a wide variety of sessions designed to develop the therapy community including sessions covering:
  • Re-thinking falls risk and management after stroke.
  • Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation.
  • ‘I have never felt this tired before’ Fatigue - is there anything clinicians can do?
  • Unilateral spatial neglect: a practical workshop on standardised functional assessment and prism adaptation training.
  • Relationship changes after stroke: psychological tips for the whole team.
  • Promoting and measuring self-efficacy and self-management.
  • This house believes that machines have no part to play in therapy.
  • What’s hot and what’s next in rehabilitation.
We have further developed the highly regarded and established Nursing and Rehabilitation Accredited Training Day which is a dedicated stream aiming to provide practical workshops to upskill therapists and nursing colleagues in order to support stroke survivors.

Many occupational therapists regularly see the devastating impact of stroke. It’s through dedication that so many patients go on to live happy and fulfilling lives after a stroke, even if this is different to their previous life. I’d urge you as therapists to join a united force for stroke care in the UK at this flagship event. Please note: there are discounted rates available for coalition members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and other coalition members.  

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