NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers diagnosis and initial management, acute-phase care, rehabilitation and long-term management of stroke in adults (aged over 16 years). For more information see the stroke topic overview.

This quality standard has been updated. This topic was identified for update following the annual review of quality standards in 2014. The review identified that there had been changes in the areas for improvement for stroke. For further information about the update, including statements from the 2010 quality standard that are no longer national priorities for improvement but are still underpinned by current accredited guidance, see update information.