Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme: Post-acute Organisational Audit Report

Reports | Published: 09 Dec 2021

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), which assesses the care provided for patients during and after they receive inpatient care following a stroke, has published its post-acute organisational audit report. Based on data from 664 post-acute services, the report describes the organisation of post-acute stroke care in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Jersey as of 1 April 2021.

Overall, the report found some improvements when compared to 2015, including the fact that 99% of services have access to an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and rehab assistant (95% in 2015). Other key findings include:

  • 100% of commissioning areas have at least one team carrying out 6-month reviews
  • More than 80% of service type (apart from Community Rehabilitation teams) accept re-referrals
  • 71% of inpatient services meet the recommended nurse staffing levels, and
  • High proportions of Early Supported Discharge (ESD), Community Rehabilitation teams (CRT) and combined ESD/CRT teams provide rehabilitation for patients in care homes.

The report goes on to make a number of recommendations, including a call for access to life after stroke services (such as communication, emotional and peer support) to be improved for patients in care homes.

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Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme: Post-acute Organisational Audit Report