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The Central East Stroke Network (CESN) Education Fund supports professional development opportunities that incorporate stroke best practice. Clinicians working in stroke care within CESN can be funded up to a maximum of $500 per fiscal year to support registration costs for stroke-related workshops, courses, conferences or projects which align with best practice. Travel and accommodation expenses are not eligible. Education applications will continue to be accepted until the allocated funds are used for the current fiscal year.

Canadian Hemispheres 3.0™Stroke Competency Series

A comprehensive online educational series designed for healthcare professionals to stay up-to-date on the standards of care for stroke patients. The program contains modules that can be completed at the learner’s own pace.

To register for the Hemispheres® program, please complete the following form. To qualify you must be working with an organization in CESN. Each request is reviewed by the administrator and you will be contacted directly with instructions on how to create your own account.

Stroke Core Competency Framework

The Stroke Core Competency Framework (SCCF) is intended to provide healthcare providers with an accessible, comprehensive self-assessment tool that will help identify specific learning objectives to support stroke best practice implementation.

The SCCF can be used by both new and experienced healthcare providers working across the continuum of stroke care. It was revised in 2023. 

SCCF supports orientation of new staff as well as ongoing professional development, performance appraisals and guidance for education plans.

NIHSS Training

National Institute for Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a 15-item stroke scale used to evaluate acuity as well as a guide for treatment and clinical outcomes. Training and certification is required to use the tool in clinical practice.

Training is available through Apex Innovations Canadian Hemispheres 3.0™ or Blue Cloud NIH Stroke Scale International. Both options are free and can be accessed through the following links. Additional information can be found on the CorHealth website under Resources for Planner & Providers 

Canadian Stroke Best Practices

Canadian Neurological Scale (CNS) Training

Canadian Neurological Scale (CNS) is a tool to be used in the evaluation and monitoring of a stroke patient’s neurological status in the acute phase. Instructions for completing the scale can be found on Stroke Engine

Orientation Checklists

The Ontario Regional Stroke Education Group (OREG) is developing stroke specific orientation checklists for use by Regional Stroke Networks and organizations across the province. The purpose is to support orientation of new staff members, both allied and nursing.

The first checklist available is for nurses working in acute stroke care.


Smart Tips for Stroke Care

 Smart Tips for Stroke Care (2023) was created by members of the Regional Stroke Networks of Ontario. This guide is intended/created for Personal Support Workers (PSW) working in Long Term Care in Ontario. However, anyone interested in stroke care can benefit from using this resource, including PSWs in the community, family members.

The goal of the resource is to highlight common changes due to stroke and strategies for managing these changes. Each Smart Tips topic may be used individually or as part of a series. 

Acute Stroke Unit Orientation (Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network)

An online 11-module independent learning program regarding acute stroke unit orientation. Each module has its own quiz and can be completed in any order.

Rehabilitation Stroke Unit Orientation (Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network)

An online 12-module independent learning program regarding stroke rehabilitation unit orientation . Each module has its own quiz and can be completed in any order.

Introduction to Supported Conversation (SCA™) eModule (Aphasia Institute)

A free, short, online course for Health Care Professionals

TACLS (Taking Action for Optimal Community and Long Term Stroke Care) (Heart & Stroke)

Education resource for stroke care providers working across care settings including the community and LTC. Content may also be helpful to informal caregivers.

Looking for local community resources? Please visit the links below for more information:

Central East Line
Central Health Line
NSM Health Line