Oldham stroke recovery service review received national accolade

Date published: 30 May 2019

Oldham’s Stroke Recovery Service Review has achieved the highest Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) score in the country, after an appraisal covering 96% of all eligible stroke survivors was successfully completed.

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) is a major national healthcare quality improvement programme based in the School of Population Health and Environmental Studies at King’s College, London and measures the quality and organisation of stroke care in the NHS. SSNAP is the single source of stroke data in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The stroke service review, commissioned by NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and provided by The Stroke Association, has achieved the recent accolade following new measures introduced by the CCG to ensure patients are receiving the best quality care and in turn the best possible health outcomes.

Interim Commissioning Director, Nicola Hepburn, explains: “We are thrilled that the review process has been recognised as best in class by a national programme. We have structured our commissioning and review process for stroke care in such a way that it has enabled us to work closely with our providers to ensure that patients, clinicians and ourselves as commissioners can access timely information about how well stroke care is being delivered, and use this as a tool to improve the quality of care patients receive.

“We are committed to ensuring that these high standards are maintained in the future, and that our providers are supported to deliver the best possible care to patients across Oldham.”

SSNAP measures both the processes of care provided to stroke patients, as well as the structure of stroke services against evidence based standards, including the 2016 National Clinical Guideline for Stroke.

SSNAP has been voted the most effective national clinical audit in the UK for nine consecutive years by healthcare professionals involved in audit.


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