The National Clinical Guideline for Stroke provides authoritative, evidence-based practice guidance to improve the quality of care delivered to every adult who has a stroke in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, regardless of age, gender, type of stroke, location, or any other feature. The guideline is intended for:
- Those providing care – nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, care staff
- Those receiving care – patients, their families, their carers
- Those commissioning or providing stroke services
- Anyone seeking to improve the care of people with stroke.
The guideline was first published by the Royal College of Physicians in 2000. It has been regularly updated and the fifth edition was published in 2016.
The guideline is an initiative of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party. The ICSWP is made up of senior representatives from all the professional bodies involved in stroke care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as policymakers, the voluntary sector and patient voice representatives.