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.


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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

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


CLAHRC - East Midlands

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

Ossie Newell Foundation - PhD scholarships for stroke rehabilitation research

Nottingham Life Cycle 3 - Raising money for stroke rehabilitation research





Stroke Rehabilitation Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 0246