The National Stroke Strategy for England was published by the Department of Health in December 2007. This was later complemented by the Stroke Strategy for London. These strategies outline the vision for improving stroke care by introducing a new model for acute care, alongside recommendations for PCTs to strengthen stroke prevention and rehabilitation services.
The National Stroke Strategy
The Stroke Strategy presents 20 Quality Markers covering four main areas:
Raising Awareness and Informing and Involving: Raising awareness; managing risk; information; advice; support and involving individuals in service development.
Time is Brain: Assessment and treatment of Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA); urgent response; assessment and treatment of stroke.
Life after Stroke: Specialist rehabilitation; end of life care; seamless transfer of care; assessment and review; participation in community life; return to work
Working Together: Networks; Leadership and skills; workforce review and development; research and audit.
Stroke Strategy for London – The New London Stroke Model
Developing this strategy involved a rigorous and inclusive approach to enable guidance for commissioners and providers to deliver world class stroke care in the capital. Recommendations, including performance standards, are based on extensive stakeholder engagement and analysis of clinical evidence. The London Performance Standards for prevention, TIA, acute stroke and rehab are included throughout this website.