Maximising national clinical audit and outcome review programme data for CQC inspections


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

Central to the project is maximising accessibility and improving presentational format of NCAPOP data to aid in CQC inspections of acute hospitals and mental health trusts. It is envisaged that such increased accessibility would also be of benefit to participating Trusts and could aid specific quality improvement measures through easier review of and reflection on their own audit results.


To help scope and research this work, a clinical fellow joined HQIP: Sidhartha Sinha (Sid), a specialist registrar in general and vascular surgery at the London Deanery, working full-time until April 2016, and reporting to HQIP medical director Professor Danny Keenan.

The scope of the project will be further defined by a steering group comprised of representatives from HQIP, CQC, NCAPOP providers, NAGCAE and patient participation groups. Key metrics will be rationalised by clinical and management leadership from audit providers and stakeholders from the NCAPOP community will be actively engaged regarding the proposals.


Updates are provided periodically across 2015/16 and a final report produced detailing the results of the project in April 2016.

Read ‘Maximising NCAPOP data for CQC inspections: prioritisation of metrics report’ (June 2015)

Read ‘Maximising NCAPOP data for inspections: optimal data flow report’ (September 2015)

Read - NCAPOP workshop report: clinical audit data for Trust improvement

The ultimate aim is to have a systematically and transparently-populated data dashboard at Trust level available by the end of the project. It is envisaged this dashboard would maintain a degree of generic applicability to enable changing data feeds to be accommodated (such as the commissioning of new NCAs and contemporaneous interest in different metrics) and for the dashboard to be expanded to other types of healthcare providers in the future.

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