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Patients, Carers, & Public - What is SSNAP?

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What is SSNAP?

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) measures:

  • the quality of care provided to stroke patients (clinical audit)
  • the structure of stroke services (organisational audit).

SSNAP is a national project. SSNAP measures the quality and structure of  stroke care services in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

SSNAP measures the quality of care stroke patients receive against the national clinical guideline for stroke. Hospital and community stroke care teams collect data about the care their patients receive. Teams send this data to SSNAP. SSNAP reviews how teams are performing against national stroke care standards and guidelines. SSNAP creates reports to highlight the areas where  stroke care teams are doing well and where they need to improve.

SSNAP produces reports for:

  • hospitals
  • community stroke care teams
  • the Department of Health
  • the NHS
  • the general public
  • stroke survivors and their carers. 


Click here for more information about SSNAP reports.
Click here for information about the data SSNAP collects.
Click here for information about how data is collected, stored & used by SSNAP.

SSNAP has been voted the most effective national clinical audit in the UK for nine consecutive years by healthcare professionals involved in audit.

SSNAP is the single source of stroke data in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, this is useful as SSNAP reports can compare how stroke care is being delivered across the country as well as how individual stroke care teams are performing. 100% of acute hospitals in England, Wales & Northern Ireland send data to SSNAP. Data for 90% of expected stroke cases is recorded on SSNAP, over 1 million records have been submitted to SSNAP since January 2013.

For further information, we have provided the below ward posters and patient information leaflets which are ideal for sharing within hospitals or by community teams:

For England & Wales: 
SSNAP Ward Poster: Colour  SSNAP Ward Poster: B&W  
SSNAP Patient Leaflet: Colour  SSNAP Patient Leaflet: B&W  

For Northern Ireland: 
SSNAP Ward Poster: Colour  SSNAP Ward Poster: B&W  
SSNAP Patient Leaflet: Colour  SSNAP Patient Leaflet : B&W  


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