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Stroke in Scotland

Stroke has been a clinical priority for NHS Scotland for over 15 years. Since then there has been significant improvements in treatment and stroke services across Scotland.

There are approximately 4,500 deaths in Scotland each year where cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is the underlying cause.

Over the last 10 years the number of new cases of cerebrovascular disease in Scotland has decreased by 14 per cent and mortality rates for cerebrovascular disease have fallen steadily.

We will continue to build on this achievement through implementation of our Stroke Improvement Plan, published in 2014.

Stroke Improvement Plan

The Stroke Improvement Plan sets out a comprehensive programme for improving services and care for people who have had a stroke. It will ensure that the priorities remain current and, by reflecting the progress that has been made, it will build on these successes to ensure that in Scotland we continue to strive towards improved prevention, treatment and care of stroke with a focus on locally-led quality improvement:

National Advisory Committee on Stroke (NACS)

The NACS is a national group which coordinates implementation of the Stroke Improvement Plan. The Committee convenes three times a year and aims to promote Scotland-wide collaboration, peer support and dissemination of best practice:

The remit of the NACS is to:

  • Co-ordinate and evaluate implementation of the Stroke Improvement Plan
  • Oversee the development of national stroke strategy
  • Provide expert advice to the Scottish Government Health Directorates

The NACS is chaired by Professor Martin Dennis, Professor of Stroke Medicine at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh. The NACS includes representation from clinicians, the third sector, professional groups, Managed Clinical Networks and research / academic fields.


Minutes can be found under related downloads.