This study will develop a communication screening tool to help healthcare staff support stroke patients experiencing communication problems to make decisions.

Researchers have developed a tool that aims to improve patient access to communication support during mental capacity assessments, so they can make better decisions. The VAMCAST (Validation of the MCAST Communication Screening Tool) study will user test the tool to find out if it gives correct and consistent results and if staff are able to use it accurately.

This study is being carried out by a team of researchers at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. It is funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Health and Care)


  • Aged 18+
  • Living in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale or Salford
  • Had a stroke more than six months ago
  • Experiencing communication difficulties


  • Remote


  • Taking part involves up to three visits over a two-week period. Visits will take place in your own home or at a place you choose. (approx. 30 mins each)
  • Each visit includes user testing the communication tool with the researcher. Visits will be video recorded for the purposes of assessing the toolkit

Recruiting until

  • 28 February 2025

Trial ID

  • 55180

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