This paper sets out how we used existing data to estimate the impact of our value for money work on stroke care.

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We made a number of recommendations aimed at improving stroke care in both our 2005 report on Reducing Brain Damage: Faster access to better stroke care and our 2010 report on Progress in improving stroke care. These included:

  • more rapid access to specialised stroke units; and
  • better access to brain scanning, treatments (eg thrombolysis) and early supported discharge.

Parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) took evidence on the basis of our reports, and reinforced the recommendations that we had made. Findings from the first National Audit Office (NAO) and PAC reports fed into the Department of Health’s National Stroke Strategy, launched in December 2007.

We routinely document the financial and non-financial impact of our work to government, taxpayers and service users. We therefore sought to measure the efficiency savings in stroke care arising from these recommendations