This area compiles various therapy related resources about the therapy data collected in the SSNAP audit. It includes useful information on the submission of data, FAQs and an explanation of how information from the data is used. We encourage therapists from each discipline to take an active part in the submission, reviewing the results and use of the data, making it a valuable tool for quality improvement.
The work of SSNAP is guided by the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (ICSWP) which has representatives from the appropriate Colleges of each therapy discipline. They have been actively involved in the development of the dataset and in the presentation of data since the inception of SSNAP.
There are three main components of SSNAP, the clinical audit, acute organisational audit and post-acute organisational audit. The organisational audit is run biennially and focuses on the structures in place to provide stroke care to patients. It does so by answering key questions such as the availability of 24/7 acute interventions, number of stroke beds available and therapy, nurse and consultant staffing levels among other measures. The clinical audit collects information on every stroke patient in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and collects data from stroke onset to 6 months post stroke. The post-acute audit was run for the first time in 2015 in two phases; phase 1 collected information from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England, Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales and Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) in Northern Ireland on what post-acute stroke services they commission including inpatient and domiciliary services, who commissions them and where they are located (www.strokeaudit.org/results/Clinical-audit/MapsAugNov2016.aspx ) and the second collected data from identified post-acute stroke services characteristics including stroke specialism, location, waiting times, staff numbers, capacity, 7 day working, time limits and information to patients