Stroke care: Only 20% of acute hospitals are meeting the standard for weekend nurse staffing levels.

National Report England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Prepared by Royal College of Physicians, Care Quality Improvement Department (CQID) on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party

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Other headline results from the 2016 acute organisational audit include:

  • Lack of essential psychology provision: Very few hospitals (6%) achieve the standard of one whole time equivalent (WTE) qualified clinical psychologist for every 30 stroke unit beds
  • Number of hospital sites with unfilled consultant vacancies rises by 14%.
  • There continues to be a reassuring increase in many areas of acute stroke organisation:
    – All hospitals now have a designated stroke unit
    –  7-day access to occupational and physiotherapy has increased to 31% and 40% of hospitals, however only    6% can provide speech and language therapy 7-days a week
    – 99% and 68% of hospitals are able to given their patients access to thrombolysis 24 hours a day, 7 days a    week and intra-arterial (thrombectomy) treatment on-site or by referral off-site respectively
    – 81% of hospitals have specialist early supported discharge (ESD) available to them meaning that patients     can return home sooner and receive specialist post-acute care

Read the overview here

Read the full report here


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