Monday, 18 April, 2016

The Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party have been working on the Fifth Edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke which will be published at the end of September 2016.

The high quality of previous editions of the National Guideline followed invaluable help from peer reviewers.  We are inviting you to contribute to the process because of your experience and interest in stroke.  Full information is contained in the letter to peer reviewers (please read first before reading the guidelines and providing feedback).   The consultation is being conducted electronically and so feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would be interested in taking part. The consultation draft of the document can be downloaded using the links below.  Please be aware that the evidence tables will not be available for this consultation and references are not all confirmed, in particular, those in red. This consultation is primarily aimed at obtaining feedback on the recommendations which are also available as a single document.  Each recommendation is numbered with an accompanying letter.

The guideline will contain six chapters and you can download each chapter individually, the document as a whole, or the recommendations only using the link provided below. Please also download the feedback form from the website. This is the only method for taking part in the consultation

All documents can be accessed via the following link:

If you have any difficulties accessing any of the materials, please email

We can also provide a printed copy of any of these materials upon request.

Comments on the overall structure of the guideline, or on a particular chapter should be titled ‘general’ but specific marked examples are required.

Each chapter has numbered sections (e.g. 6.2, 5.3.2).  Please specify the part you are referring to accurately, by number.  Recommendations should be referred to in full  (e.g. 5.3.1 rec B).  The remaining text as eg 4.2 para 2).

We will not be able to respond to specific comments individually but everyone who does respond will have their names in the final version of the guideline.  Anticipated publication date: 30 September 2016