Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

5: Common effects of stroke

Module Authors

Module Lead

Dr. Eleni Pateraki, Principal Clinical Psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Module Group

Alison Cassells, Stroke Specialist Nurse, NHS Fife

Caroline McGhee, Stroke Specialist Nurse, NHS Forth Valley

Katrina McCormick, Clinical eLearning Project Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Shirley Ward, Senior Charge Nurse, Stroke Rehabilitation, NHS Fife


Dr Christine McAlpine, Consultant Stroke Physician, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


This module is undergoing a full review & update: November 2020.


Staff should be aware of, and be able to recognise, the common effects that a stroke may have on an individual.


To understand the implications these common effects have for their own interaction with that individual.

Benefits to the individual

Individuals will receive input from all members of staff which maintains their safety, dignity and well-being.

The following Core Competencies (6 – 18) refer to some of the specific effects which some people may experience following a stroke. Gaining a better understanding of these will help staff to recognise when a person has had a stoke and to ensure that the person receives the appropriate care.

Common effects of stroke include:

And these may result in:

  • Difficulties with moving and handling and altered safety awareness (see Core Competency 8)
  • Difficulties in carrying out activities of daily living (see Core Competency 9)

As you work your way through these Core Competencies it is important to remember that most people will be affected by a combination of more than one of these effects following a stroke.

To proceed go to ‘View all Competencies




Page last reviewed: 23 Nov 2020