Stroke Programme

The Stroke Programme has been at the forefront of quality improvement programmes in stroke since 1996.

What we are doing

The programme measures the quality of the organisation and delivery of stroke care against the evidence-based standards that it sets in the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke (now encompassed within the NICE quality standards).

The Programme comprises the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme, which is the single source of stroke data in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Stroke Peer Review Scheme, and oversees the creation of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, which is led by the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party.

The Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (ICSWP) is made up of senior representatives from all the professional bodies involved in stroke care, as well as the voluntary sector and patient representation.

What we have produced

The fifth edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke was published in October 2016.
SSNAP aims to improve the quality of stroke care by auditing stroke services against evidence based standards, and national and local benchmarks.
Since 2006 the Royal College of Physicians, in association with BASP and the Stroke Association, has run a peer review service for trusts in the UK.

The SSNAP programme would like to formally thank the many hundreds of individuals and organisations participating in SSNAP, without whose efforts SSNAP would not be possible.

Our aim is for SSNAP data to be used as widely as possible to improve the quality of care for people with stroke. 

The Royal College of Physicians has a number of resources to enable commissioners to make informed decisions about commissioning stroke services.