Skill Acquisition in Neurological Rehabilitation

Study day

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Course director:
Dr Vicky Hood Moore

Page last updated 19 February 2020


UWE Bristol is delighted to offer a new addition to its portfolio of postgraduate study days which aims for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of concepts of motor learning and skill acquisition, and their application to neurological rehabilitation. The majority of research considered will focus on people with stroke, however theories and concepts related to motor skill learning can be applied to a number of neurological conditions.

The course will be delivered by Dr Vicky Hood Moore; a physiotherapy lecturer and researcher at the University of Nottingham. Vicky also runs her own private practice. She has an MSc in Bioengineering, and a PhD in human movement analysis.



The intended learning objectives of the study are to:

  • Describe the processes underlying neurological recovery in someone with stroke
  • Critique current theory and evidence relating to motor learning in stroke
  • Describe the ways in which practice may be structured to maximise functional recovery
  • Understand the role of instruction and feedback in motor performance and motor learning
  • Recognise the role of the therapist as a coach, and discuss the ways in which healthcare professionals can enhance engagement and motivation.
  • Apply and adapt current theory and evidence relating to motor learning to a broad range of clinical scenarios (e.g. those with profound weakness, cognitive and language impairment).

Learning and Teaching

The study day will include presentations, video footage to demonstrate key concepts and learning activities. The description below gives a broad agenda for the day.

09:00 - 09:15Welcome
09:15 - 10:30Neural plasticity
10:30 - 11:00Coffee
11:00 - 11:30Theories of motor skill learning
11:30 - 12:15Attention and motor skill learning
12:15 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 14:30

Practice conditions

- Intensity of practice

- Organisation of practice

- Organisation of task

14:30 - 15:00Instructions and augmented feedback
15:00 - 15:15Break
15:15 - 16:00Coaching and motivation
16:00 - 16:30Summary and close


Study facilities

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Prices and dates

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Fees include lunch and refreshments throughout the day


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