National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB)

The National Clinical Audit Benchmarking project (NCAB) provides a visual snapshot of individual Trust audit data set against individual national benchmarks.

NCAB is an initiative originally created in collaboration between HQIP and CQC, with a vision to enhance the way not just inspectors, but also medical directors, local clinical audit teams and others engage, interact with and share clinical audit data.

The data will be accessible via an easy to use on-line platform hosted by the HQIP website. Following a diligent three-month test and evaluation period, the portal is currently scheduled to go live in July 2017 containing the results of six national audits:

  • Intensive care (ICNARC)
  • Bowel cancer (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Hip fracture (Royal College of Physicians)
  • Lung cancer (Royal College of Physicians)
  • Vascular (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • OGC audit (Royal College of Surgeons)

Fictitious dummy slides from 'Sacred Heart Hospital'

The dummy slides below provide an idea of what the NCAB slides will look like:

NCAB pilot

In 2016 HQIP piloted data from six audit projects, with eight Trusts in the Greater Manchester region plus academics from the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN), garnering feedback on the content and layout of the example data and its visual representation.

The response was overwhelmingly positive and clearly illustrated the benefits of this work and how it can quickly and clearly present meaningful results to those who need it most. Given the positive response, the CQC has moved ahead, incorporating the slides in its inspection information packs on a provider-by-provider basis.

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Follow NCAB’s progress: We’ll be updating this page as the NCAB initiative progresses. Keep checking back for news on the latest developments.

Background to NCAB and how it began

In May 2015 HQIP and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began collaboration on a new project aimed at increasing utility of NCAPOP data to drive quality improvement in health care via channels such as CQC hospital inspections.

The central aim of the project was to maximise accessibility and improve presentational format of data to aid CQC inspections. It was envisaged that such increased accessibility would also be of benefit to participating Trusts allowing easier review of and reflection on their own audit results.


To help scope and research this work, a clinical fellow joined HQIP: Sidhartha Sinha, a specialist registrar .
During his time with HQIP Sidhartha produced the following in collaboration with the project steering group:

Maximising NCAPOP data for CQC inspections: prioritisation of metrics report
Maximising NCAPOP data for inspections: optimal data flow report
NCAPOP workshop report: clinical audit data for Trust improvement