NHS Improvement

Welcome to the Stroke Improvement Website

From April 2008 Stroke Improvement has merged with the Cancer Services Collaborative 'Improvement Partnership', Diagnostics Service Improvement and the NHS Heart Improvement Programme to form a new national improvement programme in England, "NHS Improvement".

Formed after a national review, NHS Improvement (www.improvement.nhs.uk) has brought together over eight years practical service improvement experience and will work with clinical networks and NHS organisations to transform, deliver and sustain improvements across the entire pathway of care in cancer, cardiac, diagnostics and stroke services.

Click HERE to view NHS Improvement's 2008/9 priorities.

Stroke Improvement has been created to help establish stroke care networks to implement the stroke strategy and to assist in the delivery of improved services for stroke patients and their families. Experience in other specialties, such as coronary heart disease and cancer, has demonstrated that networks are of great value to the organisations that compromise them and are a huge benefit to patients.

Local stroke care networks should be constituted to support the delivery of high-quality stroke care and services. The central tasks within this remit include:

  • Promote cooperation and working across service boundaries, by developing self awareness of the local stroke 'community';
  • Supporting, undertaking and facilitating necessary improvements to service delivery with a focus on quality of services and continuous service improvement;
  • Ensure commissioning processes underpin high-quality services.

Cardiac networks are an essential support to the development of stroke care networks. This support will vary depending on local needs and circumstances. Click here to view where your nearest cardiac network is and who are the key contacts.

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Latest News

The 4th national event in the series of Stroke Improvement Educational Events - Commissioning World Class Stroke Services - Further information is available HERE.

Elaine Yardley, Association of Directors of Social Services Social Care (ADASS) lead for stroke / Director of Adult Services, at Nottingham City Council, is making links with stroke leads in local authorities across the country. To view the list, please click HERE.

Implementing the National Stroke Strategy - an imaging guide