Core Competencies

Located under: knowledge translation

The online Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework supports health care professionals working in stroke with a clear, comprehensive way to achieve the core competencies needed for evidence-based stroke care. This framework supports a baseline level of competency province-wide, and encourages stroke specific professional growth.

The framework consists of a set of core stroke competencies for six disciplines including: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work and Recreation Therapy.

The framework includes a self-rating scale which allows health care providers to identify priority learning areas. Each competency contains learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.

The 16 competencies for each discipline include:

1. Principles of Stroke Care
2. Anatomy and Physiology of Stroke
3. Cardiovascular Respiratory Effects
4. Psychosocial Effects
5. Communication
6. Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
7. Routine Activities of Daily Living
8. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
9. Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
10. Nutrition
11. Dysphagia
12. Skin Care
13. Sexuality
14. Continence Management
15. Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
16. Transition Management

The Core Competencies can be used for:

Orientation of new staff

Team education

Self-learning plans

Performance appraisal goals


Professional Reflective Practice

Visit the Core Competencies page on the CorHealth website for more information.