A stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Urgent treatment is essential to reduce the degree of damage that is likely to be caused by a stroke. Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in the UK and is the largest single cause of disability (SEPHO). Health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor diet can contribute to the risk of stroke.

The figure below shows that the recorded prevalence of stroke across GP surgeries in NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, is varied with some practices and localities showing a lower than expected prevalence and others showing a higher recorded prevalence than modelled estimates would expect.

QOF prevalence of stroke as a % of modelled prevalence
Data Sources
QOF: 2015/16 (published in November 2016)
Practice Population: GP Practice Population (as at 31st march 2016)
Prevalence Model: Eastern Region Public Health Observatory