The role of NAGCAE
The National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit & Enquiries (NAGCAE - originally known as the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group or NCAAG, see details below) was established by the Department of Health to drive the reinvigoration of the national clinical audit programme and provide a national focus for discussion and advice on matters relating to clinical audit.
NAGCAE is also the steering group for the expanded National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), hosted by HQIP.
NAGCAE represents the creation of a voice for clinical audit in the Department of Health and at the centre of the NHS. Unlike the two other core professional activities, education and research, clinical audit has lacked a national strategy and a coherent programme of activities. NAGCAE will endeavour to meet that challenge by enhancing the existing programme of national clinical audits and seeking to support the many NHS staff involved in local audits in their own Trusts.
It will also seek to improve connections - between the centre and the periphery; between national clinical audits, regardless of their source of funding; and between audit and IT developments, revalidation, and R&D.
To achieve these goals, the members of NAGCAE reflect the diverse range of skills and interests that are needed to understand the challenges and devise appropriate policies.
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Department of Health announcement on name change from NCAAG to NAGCAE, made 17 January 2012, including key NAGCAE responsibilities
As of 1 January 2012 NCAAG has been renamed the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit & Enquiries (NAGCAE).
A change of name from NCAAG was required for two reasons:
- to correct the widespread misunderstanding engendered by the previous title that the group's remit is restricted to National Clinical Audit rather than embracing clinical audit in general; and,
- to reflect the added responsibility to provide policy and strategic advice to the Department of Health as regards national confidential enquiries into the safety of care funded by the Clinical Outcome Review Programme.
Terms of reference: NAGCAE's responsibilities are:
- to provide policy and strategic advice to the Department of Health on clinical audit, national confidential enquiries and other issues as requested;
- to support the reinvigoration of clinical audit, both nationally and locally, so as to stimulate improvements in clinical practice and service delivery;
- to provide advice and guidance to the Department of Health on the National Clinical Audit & Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) including advising on topics for new national clinical audits, on topics to be discontinued and on the selection of tenders for supplying national clinical audits; and
- to provide advice and guidance to the Department of Health on the Clinical Outcome Review Programme (CORP) including advising on clinical areas for national enquiries, on areas to be discontinued and on the selection of tenders for supplying national clinical enquiries. (Note: this does not include responsibility for advising on specific topics within a clinical area).
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