National Clinical Audits for inclusion in Quality Accounts
Department of Health national clinical audits and enquiries for inclusion in Quality Accounts
This group of national audits, enquiries and related projects includes all of the group funded by the Department of Health (DH) through HQIP, along with other national projects which the Department of Health wishes to have reported within Quality Accounts, but which are separately funded.
There are other national audits not funded through HQIP and not included in the Quality Accounts list. These are found in ‘Other national audits’ at http://www.hqip.org.uk/other-national-clinical-audits/
This page provides information to help local providers supply their Quality Accounts report. All health service providers have to submit a report about the quality of their services.
Completing your 2012/13 Quality Account and preparing for 2013/14
Sometimes information about the audits and enquiries is updated. When this happens HQIP endeavours to update the real time document the same day. To help you understand any updates and see when changes have been made, we keep a change log.
Can't access the real time list? Try these compatable excel or word versions:
Preparing for your 2013/14 Quality Account (updated 19 December 2012)
The list of national clinical audits and confidential enquiries to be included in Quality Accounts (QA) 2013/14 is now available above.
HQIP publishes the QA 2013/14 list on our website on behalf of the Department of Health. Together we mapped all national clinical audits and confidential enquiries in England to inform the content of the QA list.
You can view the list in our real time updated resource which covers and combines information from 2010-2014, or alternatively in an excel or word format. The 2013/14 QA list is now more detailed than ever. Following feedback from local audit departments, it provides accessible information about:
- Audit websites and email addresses
- Data collection information for all audits where available
- Geographical coverage of the audits
- The care setting of the audits
- Unique codes for NCAPOP audits to aid their identification
Completing your 2012/13 Quality Account (updated 17 January 2013)
Audits and enquiries to be reported:
Please see the Quality Accounts Resource above for the list of audits and enquiries to be reported in your 2013/13 Quality Accounts.
The Resource includes information about QA requirements from 2010-14, so you may wish to filter the list to show only the audits required for your 2012/13 accounts.
The DH have advised us that the requirements for reporting the clinical audit section of your quality accounts will not be changing this year. This means that you should continue to report your audit participation and use of audit reports as you did in 2011/12.
Trusts will soon be receiving a letter from DH about any changes to other parts of the QA, but we have been assured this will not affect the parts concerning clinical audit activities.
Quality accounts toolkit:
The quality accounts toolkit remains the same as in 2010/11, and will not be republished.
This toolkit is aimed at providers of NHS services, in order to offer advice as they set out to produce their Quality Accounts.
It seeks to consolidate the understanding of the purpose of Quality Accounts and to guide their production based on what the public, NHS staff and other interested parties have said during the national engagement and testing processes.
*Important information about the 2012/13 list, please read:
UPDATE, APRIL 2012: Please note: since the DH announced the original 2012/13 QA list in February 2012, it has undergone some alterations. The DH has decided to keep its original list (published February 2012) unamended on its website, and this is included for reference below.
Further information on Quality Accounts
Quality Accounts is a process governed and managed by the Department of Health (DH) - and independent of the work carried out and promoted by HQIP. However, as many of the national clinical audits included in the Quality Accounts process form part of the NCAPOP programme (managed by HQIP), and because HQIP has a wider remit to promote healthcare quality improvement in general, we have collated the latest information above.
In response to feedback received, we have combined and simplified the quality accounts information we provide. In addition to the DH-prepared National Clinical Audits for inclusion in Quality Accounts HQIP's Quality accounts resource tracks audits included in the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 quality accounts. This is available in Google Drive format and a downloadable Excel 'backup' for those who are unable to access Google Drive. This document also includes links to the project website and latest published reports. If you have any comments about what you would find useful to further support your quality accounts work, please let us know.
The national clinical audit part of your quality account should consist of two elements.
- Element 1 relates to your activities collecting patient level data for those national clinical audits listed in the DH quality accounts list for the quality accounts year being reported.
- Element 2 relates to acting on audit reports published during the course of the previous calendar year, and acted upon within the most recent financial year, including taking these to board meetings. As stated in the DH's quality account toolkit: "you should state the number of national clinical audit reports (published in the [previous] calendar year...) that were reviewed by your Board [in the most recent financial year] and, for each of those audits, the actions taken to improve the quality of services and the outcomes of care."
See the full toolkit here.
For more information on completing your Quality Account, see also: Statutory and mandatory requirements for Clinical Audit (revised February 2012)
The quality accounts lists linked above are provided in order to help Trusts fulfil their requirements, as specified in sections 2. 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 of the Schedule to the National Health Service (Quality Accounts) Regulations 2010: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/279/contents/made
Criteria for inclusion
- Coverage: intention to achieve participation by all relevant providers in England
- Data collected on individual patients
- Provides comparisons of providers
- Recruiting patients during the current financial year.
Previous Quality Accounts information
For information and reference, please see the list below of previous HQIP quality accounts pages: