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National audit shows world class stroke care achievable

The seventh report from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data shows that 13 stroke services scored an ‘A’ overall for the quality of care they provide for patients. This is a substantial increase from the six services that achieved an ‘A’ in the previous report.

The report relates to patients admitted between July and September 2014 and includes named hospital results for the entire inpatient care pathway (where the numbers of patients entered in SSNAP for this quarter make this viable). SSNAP aims to improve stroke care by measuring the quality of stroke services against evidence based standards and supporting staff to make improvements. SSNAP results are updated every three months, and cover all hospitals treating stroke patients in England and Wales, together with two hospitals in Northern Ireland.

The National Clinical Director for Stroke, Professor Tony Rudd, reports that SSNAP should prove invaluable in helping to shape future developments in stroke care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Without high quality data, improvement in clinical care is unlikely to occur, Professor Rudd said: “Measuring the quality of care is an essential component for quality improvement. The SSNAP audit provides very high quality information that could help professionals, patients, and commissioners use and develop their services for the future.”

Professor Tony Rudd (National Clinical Director for Stroke)

Professor Tony Rudd (National Clinical Director for Stroke)

There remains significant variation in the quality of data obtained from across the country. The SSNAP has moved to absolute measurement of results, which means that all teams are capable of showing improvement, according to a statement.

The audit is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

The results are available online at the SSNAP Results Portal

Published on: January 29, 2015

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