There is strong evidence that well organised stroke care improves the outcome of patients having a stroke. In Scotland, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHSQIS) have developed guidelines and standards aimed at delivering that care. New NHSQIS standards based on the new SIGN Guidelines have been published in 2009. The Scottish Stroke Care Audit monitors the quality of care provided by the hospitals in all NHS Boards by collating data collected by the Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs). These data are used by the Scottish Government Health Department to monitor progress against the NHSQIS standards for stroke and its CHD & Stroke Strategy.
NHS Boards are expected to identify aspects of their stroke services which do not meet National Standards and to work with their stroke MCNs to improve their performance. This latest National Report includes data describing the quality of stroke care in each acute hospital grouped by NHS Board from 2007 to 2008. This allows each hospital and NHS Board not only to compare their performance with national standards, but also with other organisations. Hospitals with less satisfactory performance can learn from those where services are of higher quality. This year the report also looks forward and examines hospital performance against the new standards.
The report can be downloaded from the SSCA site.