Scientific title:
Optimising stroke survivor recovery through effective goal setting practice in community based rehabilitation settings: implementing research to enhance practice and improve outcomes
Glasgow Caledonian University
Principal investigator:
Dr Lesley Scobbie
Grant value:
Research ID:
TSA LECT 2016/02
Research area:
Start date:
Monday 29 August 2016
End date:
Tuesday 31 May 2022
5 years
Year awarded:


Stroke survivors often have very individual hopes for the future, in terms of the goals they would like to achieve. Rehabilitation in the community aims to help stroke survivors meet these personal goals. A Goal-setting and Action Planning (G-AP) framework has been developed to help stroke survivors and their community rehabilitation teams to work together to agree on, and work towards, important rehabilitation goals. A G-AP record has been developed for stroke survivors to record their personal goals and plans.

What is this research aiming to do?

This research programme aims to:

  • Understand how stroke survivors can be supported through the process of working towards their personal goals, especially if achieving a goal is proving difficult.
  • Develop different versions of the G-AP record to suit stroke survivors' individual preferences and abilities.
  • Develop a flexible way of using G-AP so it can be used in the different teams that provide community rehabilitation.
  • Find out if G-AP makes a positive difference to stroke survivors’ recovery and the community rehabilitation they receive.

A series of different research studies are planned to meet these aims. Stroke survivors and /or rehabilitation staff will be asked their opinion about each study, to make sure it fits with what they think is important. Researchers with the right skills will plan and carry out individual studies so that they are completed to the highest standard.

What difference could this research make?

Stroke survivors want rehabilitation to help them rebuild their lives after stroke. This will be different for each person. This research will support stroke survivors and rehabilitation staff to work together to set and work towards goals that will help with this rebuilding process, and how to manage if this is proving difficult. This will help stroke survivors achieve the best possible recovery following their stroke.

Dr Lesley Scobbie was awarded the Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in 2016. Lesley is pictured below (centre) receiving her award from Lady Estelle Wolfson and Professor Sir Mark Walport at our 2016 Keynote Lecture.

Dr Leslie Scobbie receiving her award