The aim of the Stroke Quality Improvement Tool is to provide a simple process for services to:
- Demonstrate achievement against evidence based “best practice” standard
- Demonstrate the application of the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management (2010) recommendations developed by the National Stroke Foundation
- Assess performance against Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard
- Assess performance against the National Safety and Quality Health Standards (NSQHS) that underpin the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard
- Assess performance against WA Stroke KPIs that are mapped to the NSQHS standards
- Record and report evidence of achievement
- Identify the areas to be improved and the strategies to do so
- Implement positive change
Why use the Stroke Quality Improvement
The Stroke Quality Improvement Tool is guided by the WA Health Stroke Education Framework, developed as part of a state-wide consistent approach to quality service delivery through comprehensive stroke specific training and development. The focus of the framework is on health sites developing a culture of continuous learning and therefore continuous improvement in service delivery.
By completing the quality tool, a service is able to collect information and evidence at a patient, clinician, ward, and organisational level to easily demonstrate:
- Performance against the Acute Stroke Clinical Standard and NHSQ standards.
- Degree to which WA Stroke KPIs have been / will be met.
- Application of the recommendations from the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management.
- Evidence of best practice in stroke care.
- Areas that need improving by clearly identifying gaps between expected and actual performance
- Changes in performance over time through tracking and monitoring performance
The Tool incorporates the seven Acute Stroke Clinical Standard Quality Statements, the twelve WA Health Stroke KPIs as well as two additional quality statements addressing Rehabilitation and Palliative Care as identified in the NSF Clinical Guidelines recommendations.
 National Stroke Foundation. Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management (2010). Melbourne, Australia.
 Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care. Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard. Sydney: ACSQHC, 2015
 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in health Care (ACSQHS) (September 2011) Sydney
 ACCD. 2015