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Bridges Open Workshops


We run open workshops for individual practitioners working in neurological and general rehabilitation, or perhaps you work with stroke survivors in the voluntary or third sector.   


Click here for more information about our open workshops





The workshops

Bridges started with the successful Bridges Stroke Self-Management Programme and patient-held Stroke Workbook and Carers' Booklet, following increasing demand from practitioners, has recently expanded to other areas of clinical practice, including;

  1. Open workshops based on the Stroke Self-Management Programme for individuals who cannot or could not attend team training.
  2. Based on Bridges for teams working in general rehabilitation or rehabilitation of long-term and neurological conditions.
  3. Bridges Master Class for trained practitioners with an interest in furthering their self-management knowledge and skills and disseminating the Bridges approach to rotational staff. 
  4. Early Bridges where the Stroke Self-Management Programme has been specifically adapted for multidisciplinary teams working on acute stroke units.
  5. Everyday Bridges for healthcare support workers and social care workers.

With the increased range of programmes, Bridges is now able to deliver training to multidisciplinary neuro-rehabilitation teams across health and social care in both acute and community rehabilitation settings.

All the programmes are delivered through team workshops where participants learn the theoretical basis for supporting self-management and self-efficacy; the underpinning evidence-base and policy context.  Participants also learn practical skills which includes enhanced communication to facilitate self-management within rehabilitation and care interactions. 

Workshops are delivered in two stages, with a three month interval between introductory and follow-up workshops. This allows practitioners to use the Bridges approach in practice and during the follow-up workshop, critically reflect on successes and barriers to implementation, which enhances long-term sustainability.

Bridges workshops are aimed at nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, volunteers, and any other health or social care practitioners working within the stroke or rehabilitation pathways.

For more information about how to book a workshop, please click here or e-mail 

Bridges Stroke Self Management Workshops

Bridges' core programme is our stroke self-management programme, which was designed in close collaboration with stroke survivors. The self-management programme is made up of two parts:

1) Training workshops for health and social care practitioners who work with people who’ve had a stroke. These workshops teach practitioners about self-management principles, and how to use the Bridges approach on a one to one basis with stroke survivors.

2) A ‘stroke workbook’ which practitioners work through with clients to support their self-management. The workbook includes individual stories and strategies suggested by stroke survivors, as well as a space for the client to record personal goals and successes

Bridges training consists of two seperate workshops: a day long introductory workshop followed by a half-day follow up workshop 3 months later. Both workshops are obligatory to obtain certification.


Introductory workshop (day 1) 
This enables participants to develop effective strategies to encourage self-management after stroke.

Participants explore the Bridges model with examples from current research in stroke rehabilitation and chronic disease self-management. There is an opportunity to discuss person-centred rehabilitation in the context of National Stroke Guidelines and DOH policy.

Participants will:

Follow-up workshop (day 2, which takes place 3 months later)

Participants share and reflect on experiences of using Bridges.

Participants are given an update and opportunity to discuss research (self-management & goal setting), key policy (stroke & self-management) and learning from other teams using the Bridges programme. Participants revisit behaviour change and explore barriers and complexities of using the Bridges approach, through case scenarios. Discussion of action plans for sustaining use of Bridges concludes the programme.

The follow-up workshop will enable participants to:

The workshops have been endorsed by the UK Forum for Stroke Training (UKFST)*, in recognition of their quality and demonstrating adherence to the Stroke Specific Education Framework.

 In addition all participants are provided with:

Based on Bridges Workshops

Based on Bridges has been developed out of the successful Bridges Stroke Self-Management programme. Participants will explore a model of self-management that can be applied to individuals with neurological and long-term conditions, to encourage self-management thorugh supporting their ongoing progress and goals.

Learning is supported with examples from current research in rehabilitation and chronic disease self-management. The training reflects the shift towards a ‘personalised’ care system where individuals are supported to decide what is best for them. Participants will learn practical methods of enhancing individual’s self-efficacy and achieving greater control over their daily lives.

Learning objectives

Support for Implementation into Clinical Practice

During the workshops participants will be guided by examples of how the Bridges approach is currently being used in practice and supported to devise their own individual or team action plan. Participants will be given instructions about how to access the online discussion forum during the intervening months.


*“Bridges Stroke Self-Management are responsible for the accuracy of the information on this website. Neither the UK Forum for Stroke Training (UKFST), who operate the Endorsement Initiative, nor The Stroke Association or UK Stroke Forum who host the UKFST will have any responsibility for costs, losses or damages arising from information concerning endorsed courses or training programmes being inaccurate or from us failing to include relevant information.”

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