National Stroke Network
The National Stroke Network was formed in April 2011 (originally the Stroke Clinical Network Leadership Group) as an initiative between the Stroke Foundation of NZ and the Ministry of Health. The aim was to facilitate implementation of the 2010 New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management by harnessing the skills and expertise of stroke professionals and coordinating their efforts to drive improvements in stroke service delivery.
Members of the National Stroke Network and its working groups are comprised of multi-disciplinary health professionals, health service managers and consumers with expertise in stroke who are representative of large, medium and small District Health Boards and health organisations across New Zealand.
Central Stroke Steering Group
New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010
It recommends that all people admitted to hospital with stroke should expect to be managed in a stroke unit by a team of health practitioners with expertise in stroke and rehabilitation.
Note: The pdf document has been updated to include bookmarks and active hyperlinks from the contents pages to the relevant sections, making it much easier to navigate the electronic version. The Guidelines are not available in hard copy, but you are free to arrange printing at your own expense – NB the document is 347pages A4.
National Acute Stroke Services Audit 2009
The National Acute Stroke Services Audit comprises two parts: an Organisational Survey of structural and process elements of stroke service provision; and a Clinical Audit involving retrospective review via patient record of up to 40 consecutive stroke patients admitted, treated and discharged from acute care in individual DHBs between 1 June 2008 and 31 December 2008.
The presentation of findings from both parts in this integrated report means that organisational intentions related to the provision of service to people with acute stroke can be compared with the care documented in patient records as actually delivered. All 21 DHBs provide acute stroke care, and all participated in the Organisational Survey.
New Zealand TIA Guidelines
Australian Stroke Management Guidelines
US Stroke Management Guidelines
- Action on stroke services: an evaluation toolkit (‘ASSET’) was created by the UK Department of Health to help health care organisations improve and transform stroke services for patients.
- Case Study Pack: a series of ten case studies covering Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs), Multidisciplinary Stroke Services, and the Workforce.
- Good Practice Examples in the NSF Standards for Older People: Key publications about older people’s services, including downloads on stroke.
- New ways of working in stroke care: Examples of new or extended roles for those involved with the care of stroke victims and their carers.
- Management of Patients with Stroke: Rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning.
Royal College of Physicians (UK)
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
This document is divided into two sections. Part A states the core competencies which should be familiar to all healthcare staff working with individuals with stroke. Part B sets out a knowledge and skills framework which staff can use to enhance and develop their fundamental knowledge.