Due to a change in our reporting frequency, we will no longer be producing the Instant Atlas maps.
This area compiles various interactive map related options and to how function the interactive maps. The interactive map allows you to find information about stroke services for your local provider. You can compare different standards of care within your team; compare your local provider to other providers and against regional and national averages, and view changes over time.
These maps show results for all hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which can be filtered by hospitals which directly admit patients for acute stroke care (routinely admitting teams), hospitals which do not typically treat patients in the initial phase of acute care (non-routinely admitting teams), and hospitals which provide rehabilitation later in the pathway (non-acute inpatient teams).
There are two main components when navigating interactive maps; one is the key indicator and domain maps. (Please see “difference between the key indicator and domain maps for more details”). The interactive maps is very useful if you want to compare stroke units in a certain area or to find out which SCN or clinical commissioning Group (CCG) an individual stroke unit is in. The CCG Boundaries overlayed on the map will show which area they lie within when loaded. Another helpful tool being able to choose a grade of units in a domain, and you can compile the results by the key indicator and then view all the results.
The interactive maps are designed to help you view the results of the current reporting period of the SSNAP Clinical audit in a clear and concise format which is easy to digest, and this guide aims to help explain a few of the methods you can use to manipulate the data to view the results and records you require, helping you to get the most out of the tool.
You can compare different standards of care within your team; compare your local provider to other providers and against regional and national averages, and view changes over time.
Top 5 FAQ
1. How do I find the interactive maps?
How to access SSNAP Interactive Maps:
- Please visit SSNAP’s homepage (strokeaudit.org)
- click on the “Results” tab on the website header
- Please chose from Clinical Audit, Acute Organisational Audit or Post-Acute Audit
- You will be given options, where you can now click on “Maps”
(Please see screenshots below for more details)
(The image above will guide you to access the SSNAP Interactive Maps: www.strokeaudit.org)
(The image above will guide you to filter and visualise the overall SSNAP scores and levels or individual domains scores/levels.)
(The image above will guide you to view the audit data in tabular format that will arrange the options in a table format.)
For further instruction and details of the Interactive Maps, please visit the Instant Atlas User Guidelines: User Guide for Instant Atlas (safe PDF document from the Royal College of Physicians)
2. How are the interactive maps helpful?
This is helpful for particularly for CCGs, and SCNs, as it allows commissioners and clinicians to:
- Create a tracking system which allows performance of individual teams in each of the domains and their constituent key indicator categories over annual and period date ranges.
- Compare an individual’s team’s current and historical performance against other teams.
- Visualise SSNAP scores of facilities within and across CCG and SCN boundaries
- Extract mapped data and graphics for CCG and SCN reporting purposes.
Other helpful ways when using interactive maps:
- Key indicator map is important because you can create data allowing you to filter between the specific key indicators within each Domain.
- A great example the key indicator can be used is to see all the hospitals in a level compared to see how they perform both against each other and against the national median.
- The domain maps present results for 10 broad areas of stroke care. The key indicators present more detailed results for the 44 indicators which comprise the domains.
The results table is one of the most important features on the key indicator interface is the presence of the national median (which is represented by a red bar) which enables teams to be bench marked against the national result.
By visualising trends in specific teams, regions and nationally, SSNAP interactive maps are a useful tool to identify areas of excellence (and areas requiring improvement) in the delivery of stroke care nationally.
2. What is the difference between the domain and key indicator maps?
The interactive map allows you to view the domain levels and scores dynamically; enabling comparison across the different domains of care and also allowing you to compare two hospitals by clicking on the two are interested in. Domain maps are a great tool to use when you need to illustrate an overview of the services nationally.
The key indicator map is similar to the domain map. The results table is one of the most important features on the key indicator which interface the presence of the national median (which is represented by a Red Bar, see image below) which enables teams to be benchmarked against the national results.
For instance, the example below shows the performance of a specific team across all key indicators used, and when the red line represents the National Median* in each category.
*The median of the finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value to the highest value and picking the middle one
The Scoring System - is read by stating 100% being the optimal performance. For timings, the shorter the median time to intervention the better.
3. How do I compare services?
In order to compare services, please follow the listed instructions below
- With the provided control buttons at the top of the page, you can click on “Filter” in order to select the service you wish to compare.
- Please select from NHS Cluster, Region or Team type.
- You have the option to view the teams marked by the colour of the circle which indicated which SSNAP level the team has achieved on the map.
- You can now; select the sites you wish to compare services, by simply clicking on the colour coordinated scoring circles.
Please note that you can view the maps by SCN Boundaries and/or CCG Boundaries.
The "Results Table" will allow you to view on the map. The breakdown of the results from the audit, categorised by the domains, when you have performed a filter search/domain search.
4. How useful are the graphs?
The graphs are a great tool, to identify the names of specific service teams within an area or domain. The columns will display the name of the team. Follow the steps below to view results.
- To use the graphs, please use the steps from “How do I compare services” page.
- Once you have chosen teams you wish to view, you can now select an individual record by clicking on the desired column.
- The image below will be seen on the interactive maps page. You can now click on the desired column to view results.
The results will generate and populate useful information.
- Provide detailed information in the "Results Table" by scoring each team highlighted in the column.
- Highlight the pie chart, from the selected column.
- Highlight where in the map the teams are located.
5. Why won't the interactive maps load?
Please note when you are accessing the interactive maps you must:
View a stand-alone, flash edition dynamic report you need:
Internet browser compatible with Adobe Flash Player 9+
View a stand-alone, HTML Edition dynamic report you need:
Internet browser compatible with the HTML5 Canvas element. Most modern browsers support the HTML5 such as Internet Explorer9+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari (version 5.1.4 or later)