This is the second report published under the auspices of the new national stroke audit, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). It publishes national and hospital level findings on the organisation of stroke services, in particular acute care organisation, specialist roles, staffing, TIA (mini stroke) services, communication
between staff groups and with patients and carers, and pathway at discharge. The results reflect the organisation of stroke services as of 1 July 2014.
The report findings enable the organisation of stroke services at national level to be compared with national standards outlined in the fourth edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke (2012) published by the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party and, the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Clinical Guideline, the National Stroke Strategy 2007 and the NICE Quality Standard for Stroke (2010).
This report is addressed to everyone who is interested in stroke services. It gives a comprehensive picture of current services and the style of the report should allow lay people as well as experts to read it and extract relevant information.