About SCoT


Background

2008–2010

The Stroke Competency Toolkit (SCoT) was developed by Campbell Chalmers, Stroke Nurse Consultant, NHS Lanarkshire, and Clare Adams, Project Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in June 2008.
From 2008–2010 the SCoT was integrated into practice within NHS Lanarkshire. Due to a successful evaluation of the SCoT, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS) provided funding for SCoT to be made available to all stroke unit staff within NHS Scotland.

Specialising competencies for registered nurses in stroke units were developed by Lynn Reid, Lead Training Coordinator, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in Partnership with the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF). This was in response to The Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan (2009) which states that nurses working in a stroke unit need to demonstrate that they have achieved specialist knowledge and competence in stroke care.

2011–2012

From 2011–2012 the SCoT was rolled out to the majority of Health Boards in NHS Scotland. During this period the e-version of the SCoT www.scotonline.org was developed.

2012–2013

From 2012–2013 NACS provided funding for a further three specialising competencies for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists in partnership with the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum (SSAHP)


Acknowledgements

The following groups and organisations are acknowledged for their support in the development and implementation of the SCoT:

  • Education sub-group of the Stroke Managed Clinical Network (MCN), NHS Lanarkshire.
  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
  • National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS)
  • Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum
  • Scottish Stroke AHP Forum (SSAHPF)
  • Learning Technology Section, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the University of Edinburgh
  • SCoT Steering Group

SCoT Steering Group Members:

  • Gill Alexander (Stroke AHP Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)
  • Heather Bryceland (SCoT Project Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland)
  • Campbell Chalmers (Stroke Nurse Consultant, NHS Lanarkshire)
  • Fiona Ewart (Stroke Practice Development Facilitator, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland / NHS Lanarkshire)
  • Lynsey Rafferty (Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Stroke , NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)
  • Lynn Reid (Education Programmes Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland)

AHP Working Groups

CHSS Stirling workshops

Thanks are extended to the three working groups who developed the AHP Specialising Competencies:

Occupational Therapy Working Group

  • Thérèse Jackson (Consultant Occupational Therapist in Stroke, NHS Grampian)
  • Charlie Chung (Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist for Stroke, NHS Fife)
  • Pauline Halliday (Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist for Stroke, NHS Lothian)
  • Irene Davidson (Lead Stroke Occupational Therapist, NHS Fife)
  • Pamela Duffy (Lead Stroke Occupational Therapist, NHS Fife)

Physiotherapy Working Group

  • Mark Smith (Consultant Physiotherapist, NHS Lothian)

  • Gill Alexander
    (AHP Stroke Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)
  • June Lawrie (Physiotherapy Team Lead for Stroke, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)
  • Rhona McWhinney (Physiotherapy Tem Lead, NHS Lanarkshire)

Speech & Language Therapy Working Group

  • Sheena Borthwick (Speech & Language Therapist Clinical Lead For Stroke, NHS Lothian)
  • Anne-Marie Irving (Speech & Language Therapy Coordinator, NHS Forth Valley)
  • Hannah Shanks (Speech & Language Therapy Advanced Practitioner in Stroke, NHS Lanarkshire)
  • Adian McGlashan (Speech & Language Therapy Advanced Practitioner in Stroke, NHS Fife)
  • Wendy Davies (Senior Speech & Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)

Thanks are also extended to Clare Adams (Project Manager, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland) who completed the initial evaluation of the SCoT in NHS Lanarkshire.

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