Stroke Rehabilitation Research
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Stroke Rehabilitation research


Stroke rehabilitation aims to restore functional recovery and to facilitate patients and their carers to lead the lives they wish.


Marion Walker, Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation


Research issue

Stroke is the third largest cause of death in the UK and the main cause of disability in a community setting. It frequently devastates the lives of stroke survivors and their families often leaving them depressed and unable to regain a meaningful life.

What we are doing

The University of Nottingham strives to lead world class stroke rehabilitation research. Our focus is the development, and implementation of evidence that will enhance the quality of life of stroke survivors and their carers.

Our research vision...

Our research ambitions and activities are rooted in more than 25 years experience of stroke rehabilitation research. We embrace interdisciplinary research and have the largest critical mass of health service research occupational therapists anywhere in the world.

Our research activities utilise multiple methodologies; our particular expertise lies in the conduct of randomised controlled trials and implementation research.


The core principles behind our research...

We want to conduct research that:

  • will inform policy, clinical practice and the commissioning of stroke rehabilitation services.
  • ensures robust evidence is successfully implemented into clinical care.

We will proactively collaborate with partners in the NHS and social care colleagues, and other research institutions, both nationally and internationally, on all aspects of research activity with stroke survivors. 

We want to attract:

  • competitive funding from NIHR and partner organisations, MRC and European funding bodies
  • the very best research students and develop them as research leaders of the future.

We will ensure that all research endeavours produce high quality research publications, and will disseminate research findings through oral presentations to the local, national and international academic community and throughout the public domain.


Patient Partnership

The route to meaningful research activity can only be achieved by truly understanding the actual impact caused by stroke. In recognition of this we established a Stroke Research Partnership Group in 2004.

This group has involvement in all our research activities from inception of the idea through to steering group membership of successfully funded studies. Find out more.

Stroke Ambassador

Mr Ossie Newell MBE has a special appointment with our group as Ambassador for Stroke Rehabilitation Research. Read more about Ossie


  • Long term economic consequences of short term stroke occupational therapy
  • The East London NHS Foundation Trust are trialling Dynamic Visual Analogue Mood Scales (D-VAMS), which Paul Barrows developed to help assess mood in stroke patients with aphasia.   Paul will circulate a link for more information about this, for those interested in outcome measures for stroke survivors.


More info about D-VAMS can be found at the project portal:

The D-VAMS scales can be accessed online at:

The Nottingham Life Cycle 3 -- Raising money for stroke rehabilitation research


The Ossie Newell Foundation - Funding PhD scholarships for stroke rehabilitation research




More news from the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing 

Postgraduate research

Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research

PhD studentships


Stroke Lay Conference 2016

City Hospital, Clinical Sciences Building, Nottingham
This event is led by the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham.



Professor Marion Walker talks about an NIHR Senior Investigator's career.

Related research


The Rehabilitation Research Group in the School of Health Sciences also carries out related research.


Group members




Stroke Rehabilitation Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 0246