It's the Final Countdown to STARs Core & Advancing Modules Launch

We are now only a few days away until the launch of STARs Core Competencies & Advancing Modules including the new ‘Hyperacute Stroke Treatments including Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy’ module.
STARS Core & Advancing Modules will go live onto the new site 17th July @ 08:00 so from this date onwards, STARs e-Learning resources will be accessed at:


Please note that previous shortcuts and bookmark links to old URLs will automatically redirect you to the new site.  If you have any eLearning related enquiries please email: elearning@chss.org.uk


For the time being HEARTe resources will continue to be accessed at: https://www.heartelearning.org with information on the migration of HEARTe resources to follow soon.


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.

This e-learning resource provides a set of ‘Advancing Modules’ which builds on the core knowledge and skills covered by the Stroke Core Competencies.

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There are 19 Advancing Modules which provide a more specialised learning resource aimed primarily at registered nursing and AHP staff working in stroke services.

Target Audience

This may include staff who:

  • Have completed their Stroke Core Competencies training
  • Wish to extend their stroke knowledge and skills
  • Wish to refresh their existing stroke knowledge and skills
  • Are responsible for providing training within their area
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This Masterclass is aimed at senior staff who are involved in making the decision to treat with thrombolysis. The module consists of a series of virtual patient scenarios which focus on patient history, examination and imaging. The learner is asked to decide what treatment options they would choose and have the opportunity to compare their treatment decisions with selected experts and other learners who have completed the cases.

It is recommended that learners complete the Thrombolysis Advancing Module prior to undertaking the Masterclass.

Target Audience

  • Senior staff involved in making the decision to treat with thrombolysis
  • Staff who have completed the Thrombolysis Advancing Module and wish to extend their knowledge of thrombolysis

New Advancing Module (06SEP2017)

There is new Advancing Module on Management of Tone & Spasticity After Stroke: A Role for Everyone. The module leads were Gillian Alexander (AHP Stroke Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) and Mark Smith (AHP Consultant in Stroke, NHS Lothian).

On completion of this module you will have increased understanding of:

  • Abnormal tone following stroke
  • Signs which may predict who will have tone changes and factors which may aggravate abnormal tone.
  • How to identify tone changes.
  • How to manage abnormal tone including knowledge of physical and pharmacological interventions.
  • How individuals can self manage and prevent symptoms or further complications.
  • When to refer to specialist spasticity services.

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New Advancing Module (12JAN2016)

There is new Advancing Module on Sensitive and effective conversations at end-of-life care after acute stroke. The module lead was Professor Gillian Mead, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian.

On completion of this module you will be able to discuss confidently and be competent to apply good practice in:

  • Having sensitive and effective conversations with patients and their families after a severe stroke
  • Talking about dying after a stroke and sharing information about poor prognosis, including the uncertainties of duration and outcome
  • Exploring the understanding, expectations, goals and priorities of patients, if they are able, and involving those close to them (including any welfare attorney)
  • Discussing options for treatment and care informed by patient goals/ preferences
  • Communicating effectively with family members who are experiencing a range of complex emotions
  • Supporting families when the patient is dying and in the early phase of bereavement
  • Effective communication within the multidisciplinary team and with other colleagues and services, including the primary care team if a patient is discharged home to die
  • Supporting yourself and your colleagues within the team providing end-of-life care following acute stroke

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New Advancing Module (15DEC2014)

There is new Advancing Module on Reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Written by Prof Martin Dennis, Professor of Stroke Medicine, the University of Edinburgh.

By completing this module you will learn a critical understanding of:

  • The frequency of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients
  • The factors which increase patients risks of VTE after stroke
  • Interventions which may be helpful in reducing the risks of VTE
  • A detailed knowledge of how to use Intermittent Pneumatic compression

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CHSS e-learning Portfolio website (03NOV2014)

The new CHSS eLearning Portfolio website provides details on the innovative collaborative partnership between Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s Learning Technology Section. Since 2007 there have been 9 different open access e-learning resources published, there are overviews and links for each project.

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