The National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) defines a number of quality standards (QS) for stroke care. These aim to provide descriptors to patients and healthcare professionals of what defines high quality care. A number of these standards are covered by data collected in the Stroke Audits.
SSNAP is a national audit programme, consisting of two complementary audits. The first is a clinical audit, which collects information on the care of patients after they are admitted to hospital until six months following their stroke. The second is an acute organisational audit, which measures the structure of stroke services, for example, what kind of services are provided and how many staff they have. The second SSNAP Annual Report.
The data is collected quarterly and here the results are set out for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to allow for easy comparison.