This framework consists of a core set of stroke competencies for six disciplines – Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, and Recreation Therapy. It is intended to support professional development towards stroke expertise.
This framework is intended for use by health care providers who are new to stroke as well as those who are very experienced. The self-rating scale included allows each health care provider to identify areas for learning. As a result, it is expected that those experienced in stroke care will not be working through all the competencies, but rather those that he or she identifies as areas for development.
It is suggested that all competencies identified as learning needs are achieved within a one year period. Each discipline specific template identifies the same 16 competencies:
- Principles of Stroke Care
- Anatomy and Physiology of Stroke
- Cardiovascular Respiratory Effects
- Psychosocial Effects
- Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
- Routine Activities of Daily Living
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
- Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
- Skin Care
- Continence Management
- Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
- Transition Management
For each competency, there are a number of learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.