List of quality statements

List of quality statements

Statement 1 Adults presenting at an accident and emergency (A&E) department with suspected stroke are admitted to a specialist acute stroke unit within 4 hours of arrival. [2010, updated 2016]

Statement 2 Adults having stroke rehabilitation in hospital or in the community are offered at least 45 minutes of each relevant therapy for a minimum of 5 days a week. [2010, updated 2016]

Statement 3 Adults who have had a stroke have access to a clinical psychologist with expertise in stroke rehabilitation who is part of the core multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation team. [new 2016]

Statement 4 Adults who have had a stroke are offered early supported discharge if the core multidisciplinary stroke team assess that it is suitable for them. [new 2016]

Statement 5 Adults who have had a stroke are offered active management to return to work if they wish to do so. [new 2016]

Statement 6 Adults who have had a stroke have their rehabilitation goals reviewed at regular intervals. [2010, updated 2016]

Statement 7 Adults who have had a stroke have a structured health and social care review at 6 months and 1 year after the stroke, and then annually. [new 2016]

In 2016 this quality standard was updated and statements prioritised in 2010 were updated (2010, updated 2016) or replaced (new 2016). For more information, see update information.

Statements from the 2010 quality standard for stroke that may still be useful at a local level, but are no longer considered national priorities for improvement:

  • People seen by ambulance staff outside hospital, who have sudden onset of neurological symptoms, are screened using a validated tool to diagnose stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Those people with persisting neurological symptoms who screen positive using a validated tool, in whom hypoglycaemia has been excluded, and who have a possible diagnosis of stroke, are transferred to a specialist acute stroke unit within 1 hour.

  • Patients with acute stroke receive brain imaging within 1 hour of arrival at the hospital if they meet any of the indications for immediate imaging.

  • Patients with acute stroke have their swallowing screened by a specially trained healthcare professional within 4 hours of admission to hospital, before being given any oral food, fluid or medication, and they have an ongoing management plan for the provision of adequate nutrition.

  • Patients who need ongoing inpatient rehabilitation after completion of their acute diagnosis and treatment are treated in a specialist stroke rehabilitation unit.

  • Patients with stroke who have continued loss of bladder control 2 weeks after diagnosis are reassessed to identify the cause of incontinence, and have an ongoing treatment plan involving both patients and carers.

  • All patients after stroke are screened within 6 weeks of diagnosis, using a validated tool, to identify mood disturbance and cognitive impairment.

  • All patients discharged from hospital who have residual stroke‑related problems are followed up within 72 hours by specialist stroke rehabilitation services for assessment and ongoing management.

  • Carers of patients with stroke are provided with a named point of contact for stroke information, written information about the patient's diagnosis and management plan, and sufficient practical training to enable them to provide care.

The 2010 quality standard for stroke is available as a pdf.