Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation2024-02-23T11:49:19+00:00

Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation

CAG Leads

  • The aim of the CAG is to promote dedicated Orthoptic services for individuals who have had a stroke or neurological deficit. Our target is to promote specialised assessment, treatment and research for this complex group and for Orthoptists to have a role as part of the multi-disciplinary team in improving a patient’s rehabilitation journey.

For further information on the role of Orthoptists in Stroke Services please read our position statement below.


If you’re interested in stroke or neuro rehabilitation, the best way to keep up with the latest news and events is via the member forum.

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You can also keep up to date via social media. The Stroke & Neuro Rehab CAG are active on Twitter, along with a number of other organisations well worth following:

Information and resources for patients

BIOS have produced a series of information leaflets for patients containing information on different conditions and tips for managing the symptoms.

This leaflet provides information about different eye movement problems which can occur after stroke and brain injury. It also offers advice and tips about living with an eye movement problem.

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This leaflet offers advice and useful tips which will aid in the enhancement of residual vision.

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This leaflet provides information about different types of visual field loss, possible signs and symptoms of visual field loss and offers advice and useful tips about living with visual field loss.

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This leaflet provides information about possible signs and symptoms of visual inattention and offers advice and useful tips about living with visual inattention.

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This leaflet provides information about different visual perception defects and offers advice about living with a visual perception defect.

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This leaflet provides information on the affect of visual defects on your ability to drive following a stroke or brain injury.

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Other resources

  • Web-based therapies: There are now a number of app and web-based activities available, which are designed for visual field loss therapy and visual neglect following stoke. We’ve put together a leaflet introducing some you may find helpful.

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  • The VISION Research Unit at the University of Liverpool have developed a number of resources that are available free of charge to patients and their families / carers. You can access them here.

  • The Stroke Association have information, resources and can provide support to patients and their carer’s. Please follow the link to access.

  • The RNIB provide information and resources to patients and carer’s as well as visual aids that may be useful. Please use the link to access.

Resources for other healthcare professionals

Nationally approved referral form, for use after discussions with your local orthoptic service.

Referral for Orthoptic Examination form download

Read updated 2021 consensus statement here.

The RCP’s core mission is to drive improvements in health and healthcare through advocacy, education and research.

They are an independent patient centred and clinically led organisation, that drives improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population both in the UK and across the globe. Follow the link to their website here.

Nice provide evidence-based recommendations developed by independent committees, including professionals and lay members, and consulted on by stakeholders. Please follow the link for more information.

In response to the National Stroke Strategy (2007) the UK Stroke Forum developed a training arm with the task of establishing nationally recognised, quality-assured and transferable education programmes in stroke. For further information follow the link.

The VISION group evaluates visual impairment in acquired brain injury and neurological conditions, explores and develops outcome measures in orthoptics, and seeks to explore the complexity of co-existent visual and functional impairments. There is a wide variety of resources available including open access research papers. Please follow the link.

The Stroke e-learning programme has been designed to provide an overview of stroke care across the entire pathway and promote better patient care, by providing all health and social care professionals and multidisciplinary teams with the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and experience they need to deliver effective stroke prevention and care to people with stroke, and at risk of stroke. Please follow the link for more information.

HEE are also working closely with system partners and stakeholders to deliver improvements along the entire patient pathway for stroke services. The details can be found here:

HEE have developed Stroke Training films that discuss a series of difficulties stroke survivors may experience, including problems which affect communication and movement, as well as low mood and anxiety. Please follow the link to this series.

Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs):  This e-learning resource provides a learning tool for health and social care staff to enable them to become more knowledgeable and skilful in the challenging area of stroke care. The resource is based on the Stroke Core Competencies which were published by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in 2005.

The website provides a multidisciplinary resource which focuses on a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care. Follow the link for more information.

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