Scottish Stroke Care Audit

Welcome to the Scottish Stroke Care Audit Website.

Stroke is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe physical disability amongst adults. It is estimated that about 15,000 people in Scotland have a stroke each year. Hospital care for these patients accounts for 7% of all NHS beds and 5% of the entire NHS budget. The evidence demonstrating benefits of organised specialist stroke care in improving outcomes is now well established, and reflected in the recently updated SIGN Guideline 108: which focuses on acute stroke care and secondary prevention.

The 2017 National Report: Scottish Stroke Improvement Programme Report

The Scottish Stroke Improvement Programme report was published on Tuesday July 11th 2017 including a full report, with additional tables and a summary dashboard.

The Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) was established in 2002 and now includes all hospitals managing acute stroke in Scotland. Since its inception SSCA has helped to drive the improvements in stroke care which have contributed to the reduction in mortality rates and improved outcomes for stroke patients. The Audit is now an integral support for the care provided by every Scottish NHS Board. The NHS Boards use the Audit to evaluate their stroke care against National Standards and to drive improvements.

Annual Scottish Stroke Care Audit National Meeting

The SSCA National Meeting took place on Tuesday 29th August 2017. The presentations are available here.