EoE Stroke Forum recordings and slides

The East of England Stroke Forum convenes healthcare professionals from across our region with a specific interest in stroke services.

An interactive online learning series

Over the course of three years, we will hold 22 interactive online learning sessions. Each session will draw on a range of expert speakers and have clearly defined learning objectives in alignment with the Stroke-specific Education Framework (SSEF). We intend to seek accreditation for these sessions, so that attendees can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

The sessions will run from November 2022 and then at regular intervals until May 2025.

Learn more about the East of England Stroke Forum or access the online repository of resources now.

Learning Session 1 – How can we plan the most impactful learning series to ensure you deliver best practice

Our first learning series in which we asked attendees to input on what they would like the learning series to cover, including our initial East of England Stroke Forum plans. 

Access the password to this video and download the slides here.

Learning Session 2 – An introduction to stroke assessment

Speaker: Dr Kayvan Khadjooi, Consultant in Stroke Medicine 

This session covers the epidemiology of stroke, how to diagnose a stroke and the different classification of strokes.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the sign and symptoms of stroke 
  • Understand stroke sub-types and their aetiologies 

Please note: only those who registered or attended this event have access to this recording. 

Access the password to this video and download the slides here.

Learning session 3 – Getting communication and information right


Sara Betsworth, stroke delivery lead for the Stroke Association in the East of England 

Gemma Smith, Stroke Association support coordinator 

This session explores the skills and abilities that the Stroke Specific Education Framework requires of your role when communicating with and providing information to people affected by stroke.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand what is expected of you in your role regarding information giving and communications.
  • Reflect on the implications for your pathway – who, what, when? 
  • Know where to find additional resources and information to support people affected by stroke in their ongoing recovery.
  • Gain insight into ‘communication challenges’ for individuals affected by stroke and how you might approach them.  

Access the password to this video and download the slides here.

Learning session 4 – Stroke Specialist Rehab: Hyper Acute and Level 1 Rehabilitation Services

Dr Anwar, consultant in rehabilitation medicine

Dr Udensi, consultant in neuro-rehabilitation

Rehabilitation services within the United Kingdom are divided into various levels to provide complex rehabilitation to patients with complex and challenging rehabilitation needs.

This session provides an overview of the rehabilitation services and describes the complexity for the suitable patients for these services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the different levels of rehabilitation services within the UK.
  • Understand the patient categorisation tool and its importance in identifying patients with complex rehabilitation needs.
  • Understand the pathways for stroke patients with complex rehabilitation needs.

Access the password to this video and download the slides here.

Learning session 5 – Stroke mimics

Speaker: Dr David Collas

Dr David Collas – After training at UCL/UCH and working in cardiology and geriatrics I specialised in stroke at Watford and started: Prevention Clinics 1999, a one stop same day service; Acute Stroke Unit 2004; thrombolysis in 2006; thrombectomy 2017 via tertiary referral; rehabilitation. We pioneered perfusion scanning; piloted East of England telemedicine network 2009 providing expert cover 24/7; recruited actively to over 20 clinical trials; presented research internationally with 666 citations on ResearchGate, h-index 12 on Google Scholar; throughout been active in teaching – NHS staff (all disciplines), lay public and MSc students at University of Hertfordshire

Stroke symptoms can sometimes be due to other health conditions that affect the brain or body, these are known as stroke mimics. Around 20% of individuals experiencing stroke symptoms are not having a stroke. In this learning session Dr David Collas will cover the definitions of stroke mimics and the importance of accurate diagnosis, illustrated by case studies of the more common mimics. Dr Collas will discuss what to look out for and how to investigate and confirm a stroke mimic, as well as the background understanding of these conditions which mimic stroke and how to respond (treat and refer). The session will also cover the risks of misdiagnosis, including delays to appropriate treatment or inappropriate administration/withholding of thrombolysis.

Learning objectives:

– Awareness: what is a mimic, how do I recognise one?

– Assessment: what do I do to confirm diagnosis

– Action: what do I do once diagnosis confirmed

– Risks: of misdiagnosis and of mistreatment


Access the password to this video here.

Learning session 6 – Out of Hours Acute Stroke Care in the East of England – Using Technology to Support Patient Care

Speaker: Lynda Sibson
This session covers the background and overview of technology supporting the care of acute stroke patients, including some of our successes, challenges, and the future plans. 
Learning objectives:
  1. Emergency investigations and interventions for stroke and the timeframe within which they should be given (SSEF e8k_5) 
  2. The indication and contraindications for investigations, interventions, and treatments for stroke (SSEF e8k_7) 
  3. Different modalities to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of stroke e.g., telemedicine (SSEF e8k_8)
  4. The approaches to organisational and resource management (SSEF e18k_5) 


Access the password to this video and download the slides here.

Get involved

To be kept up-to date on the interactive learning sessions, the regional conferences or to request access to the online repository, please register your interest below. If you would like to hear more about this project, or would like to get involved, please contact strokeforum@healthinnovationeast.co.uk.

You can also find out about our wider work in improving the detection and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD).


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