About STARS

Introduction

The ‘Heart Disease and Stroke Action Plan’ published in June 2009 identified the need to provide specialist training for nurses and to increase the range of opportunities for all staff to gain the knowledge and skills required in stroke care.

Following the successful launch of the Stroke Core Competencies website in May 2008 additional funding was secured from the Scottish Government Health Directorate to develop this more advanced e-learning resource aimed specifically at staff working in stroke units.

The key stakeholders involved in the project are Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, University of Edinburgh and NHS Education for Scotland as well as a national steering group which includes expert stroke clinicians.

Steering Group Membership

  • Prof Martin Dennis – Chair 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
  • Mark Smith – Consultant Physiotherapist in Stroke, NHS Lothian
  • Gillian Paton – Senior Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Morag Ogilvie – Specialist Dietitian, NHS Forth Valley
  • Dr Jo Booth – Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Simon Hart – Consultant Physician, NHS Lothian
  • 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

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Acknowledgments

The Steering Group would like to thank the following for their contribution to the website:

Module Authors

  • Linda Campbell, Stroke Coordinator, NHS Highland
  • Angela Hill, Ward Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Dr Niall Hughes, Consultant Physician, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Prof Keith Muir, SINAPSE Professor of Clinical Imaging, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Lorraine Smith, Professor of Nursing, University of Glasgow
  • Hazel Fraser, Stroke Coordinator, NHS Fife
  • Rebecca Hay, Advice Line Nurse, CHSS
  • Prof Peter Langhorne, Professor of Stroke Care, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Stuart Johnston, Consultant Physician, NHS Tayside
  • Dr Anne Rowat, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care, Napier University
  • Amy Anderson, Staff Nurse, NHS Forth Valley
  • Sheena Borthwick, Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, NHS Lothian
  • Marion Ireland, Specialist Dietitian, NHS Lothian
  • Ann MacCrimmon, Nutrition Nurse Specialist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Mary Ballentyne, Clinical Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Elizabeth Barrie, Ward Sister, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Dr Marian Brady, Stroke Programme Leader, NMAHP Research Unit
  • Christine Cartner, Stroke Liaison Sister, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • Alison Cassells, Stroke Nurse Specialist, NHS Fife
  • Anne Sanderson, Continence Advisor, NHS Lothian
  • Charlie Chung, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Stroke, NHS Fife
  • Peter Kerr, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Rhona McWhinney, Superintendent Physiotherapist, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Una Rutherford, Stroke Specialist Nurse, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Other Contributors

  • John Naughton – Personal Testimony, Lanarkshire
  • Mary Brannigan – Stroke Liaison Nurse, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Marion Whitelaw – Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Fiona Johnston - Senior Physiotherapist, NHS Lothian
  • Jim Duncan – Lothian

Critical Readers

  • Clare Adams, Project Manager, CHSS
  • Jacqualin Barron, Senior Dietitian, NHS Highland
  • Kathy Bennet, Staff Nurse, NHS Grampian
  • Gillian Currie, Stroke Training Coordinator, CHSS
  • Prof Martin Dennis, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Sandi Haines, Stroke Coordinator, NHS Borders
  • Hazel Hamilton, Stroke Coordinator, NHS Highland
  • Anne Marie Irving, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Forth Valley
  • Maria Pilcher, Clinical Skills Facilitator, NHS Lothian
  • Lynn Reid, Lead Training Coordinator, CHSS
  • Di Rennie, Charge Nurse, NHS Fife
  • Ceirwen Roberts, Staff Nurse, NHS Lothian
  • Margaret Somerville, Director of Advice & Support, CHSS
  • Pat Taylor, Charge Nurse, NHS Lothian

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