The National Clinical Guideline for Stroke aims to improve the quality of care delivered to everyone who has had a stroke in the United Kingdom and Ireland regardless of age, gender, type of stroke, location or any other feature. The guideline is an initiative of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (ICSWP) and is regularly updated in a process governed by the ICSWP. The fifth edition of the guideline was published in 2016. A sixth edition is in preparation.
The sixth edition will be a limited update of the fifth edition. The ICSWP decided in early 2021 to restrict the update to those areas where expert consensus from each specialty identified that evidence and practice have changed, rather than to undertake a comprehensive update of the entire fifth edition.