This programme began in 1988 as a National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths with an aim to examine the quality of care delivery to surgical and anaesthetic patients who had died in hospital within 30 days of a surgical procedure. In 2002, the remit of the programme was extended to review the care received by medical patients as well as surgical patients. In addition near miss morbidity cases were included as well as cases of mortality. In 2011 responsibility for the commissioning and management of the programme transferred to HQIP who manage the programmes on behalf of the funding bodies.
The programme aims to contribute to improvements in the quality of patient care by undertaking confidential enquiries and by publishing and making available the results of such activities. Study topics are selected through an open submission process and anyone is invited to submit proposals for consideration as possible forthcoming studies. The areas currently being studied are:
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