National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD)

Supplier info

Name: Mary Dang, Programme Manager
Org: Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)
Phone: 020 3701 2699
Website: RCPsych

HQIP contact

Sam Harper
[email protected]

Contract end – May 2020

NHSE/NHSI have decided not to extend the NCAAD contract, on the grounds that it is not possible to adjust/alter the current audit sufficiently to underpin key components of the NHS Long Term Plan. In particular NHSE/I were keen to extend the core audit to include a community focus and to explore specific topics related to anxiety and depression, but this could not be done under the terms of the current contract.

The NCAAD programme will therefore close at the end of the current contract on 31 May 2020, but there are still some exciting NCAAD events to come before then:

  • Publication of the second spotlight report in May, exploring the experiences of service users who had psychological therapy
  • Two quality improvement webinars on 17 March and 12 May
  • Release of a summary video in May, reflecting on the last three years of the audit.

Should you have any queries about the above events, please get in touch with the NCAAD team at: [email protected]

NHS E/I are committed to mental health featuring as part of the audit programme and are reviewing the potential of different topics that will support priority areas of the Long Term Plan.

Programme overview

The National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD)  focuses on improving care received by people during and after a period of inpatient treatment, including access and acceptability of services; waiting times and management between referral, assessment and treatment; access to services at times of crisis; employment support; training and supervision of therapists; and pharmacotherapy use.

This builds on the HQIP-commissioned National Audit of Psychological Therapies (NAPT) (2012-14), also managed by the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Additional information on all HQIP-commissioned projects is available on the NHS Trusts page, which includes the recommendations repository, infographics compendium, 9 month publication schedule, impact report, and National Clinical Audit and Enquiries Directory. For further information about this project, please contact the project team directly using the contact details listed in the ‘Supplier Info’ section above.

Accessing data

Data collected on behalf of HQIP by all NCAPOP projects is routinely reported and these reports are available in the ‘Latest resources’ section. The reported data is also placed on the website.

For details of how to apply for data that is not in the public domain, please see HQIP’s data access webpages.

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