Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Stroke Rehabilitation research


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

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.

Stroke Rehabilitation academics in Malaysia

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.


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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

The late Mr Ossie Newell MBE was founder member of the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group, is honoured as a special appointment with our group as Ambassador for Stroke Rehabilitation Research. The Ossie Newell Foundation has funded two PhD studentships.


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Outcome measure for stroke survivors - Dynamic Visual Analogue Mood Scales (D-VAMS)

Nottingham Life Cycle 3 - Raising money for stroke rehabilitation research


The Nottingham University Life Cycle initiative which raised over £2 million, showcased the fantastic work being undertaken by our leading stroke rehabilitation specialists.

Life Cycle 3 funds (£250,000) have supported multiple rehabilitation PhDs into topics such as young carers of stroke survivors, returning to work and stroke services in rural committees. However, the flagship project these philanthropic funds supported was the development of stroke services across Malaysia. Led by Nottingham University we have researched the unmet stroke needs of the Malaysian population. This is the first national rehabilitation project to be conducted across Malaysia and is already having a significant impact on the development of stroke services.




Stroke Rehabilitation Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 0246