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Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework

Final framework is now available at:



To fulfill one of the Ontario Stroke Network’s (OSN) provincial priorities, a provincial working group was formed to develop a comprehensive Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework. Today, June 23rd 2017 marks the official launch of this framework! Ultimately, this framework, aims to provide health care professionals working in stroke with a clear, comprehensive way to achieve the core competencies needed for evidence based stroke care. The framework supports a baseline level of competency province-wide, and encourages stroke specific professional growth.



The Stroke Core Competencies (SCC) are an online framework consisting of a core set of stroke competencies for six disciplines – Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, and Recreation Therapy. The SCC was created to support health care professionals who may be working in stroke care to build fundamental stroke knowledge. Each competency contains a number of learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.


16 Competencies for Each Discipline

  •  Principles of Stroke Care
  •  Anatomy and Physiology of Stroke
  •  Cardiovascular Respiratory Effects
  •  Psychosocial Effects
  •  Communication
  •  Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
  •  Routine Activities of Daily Living
  •  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  •  Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
  •  Sexuality
  •  Nutrition
  •  Dysphagia
  •  Skin Care
  •  Continence Management
  •  Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
  •  Transition Management


The framework was piloted in 2016-17, to obtain feedback from over 30 organizations across the province. This feedback was then used to inform the final product.

The framework comes equipped with a self-rating scale which allows health care providers to identify priority learning areas. As the competencies are selected, the individual or team can establish a realistic time frame for completion.

Examples for use include:

  • Orientation of new staff
  • Team Education
  • Self-Learning Plans
  • Performance Appraisal Goals
  • Accreditation
  • Professional Reflective Practice


Learn more by visiting the Core Competencies page of the OSN website at


You may also click here to view a webinar presentation about the framework.


Contact Information:

Michelle Donald (Co-Chair) Susan Bursey (Co-Chair)
ac.koorbynnusnull@dlanod.ellehcim ac.yrubdusnshnull@yesrubs
416-480-6100 Ext. 7426 705-523-7100 Ext. 1668


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