Audit of audits: overview and individual NCA reports


The Audit of Audits, undertaken by HQIP, in partnership with the Centre for Healthcare Improvement and Research (CHIR) at Imperial College London identifies good practice within audit work streams and provides advice for improvements to design and delivery. It is designed to help individual programmes enhance their roles in delivering high-quality national audits that can contribute to improvements in the quality of patient care provided in NHS organisations.

This is the first time an extensive audit of national clinical audits has been undertaken in England and is one way in which HQIP aims to facilitate sharing best practice in the design and delivery of national clinical audits (NCAs).

In late 2014, a total of 54 national clinical audits took part, completing self-assessment and having the opportunity to validate their work stream level reports and produce action plans.

National summary report

On 19 December 2014 the first overall ‘Audit of Audits’ national report was published: download it here.

Individual NCA reports

HQIP also published the individual documents. To see the individual reports, please download this zip file.

National clinical audits feeding into the national summary report: 

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome or Acute Myocardial Infarction (MINAP)
  • Adherence to British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (BSCN) and Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (ANS) Standards for Ulnar Neuropathy at Elbow (UNE) testing
  • Adult Bronchiectasis Audit
  • Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Bowel cancer (NBOCAP)
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) – ablation dataset
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) – device dataset
  • Case Mix Programme (CMP) – report and action plan
  • Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care
  • Congenital Heart Disease (Paediatric Cardiac Surgery) (CHD)
  • Diabetes (Adult) (NDA) – Foot Care
  • Diabetes (Adult) (NDA) – NDA Core
  • Diabetes (Adult) (NDA) – NPID Pregnancy
  • Diabetes (Paediatric) (NPDA) – PREM
  • Diabetes (Paediatric) (NPDA) – Prospective audit
  • Elective surgery (National PROMs Programme) – Groin hernia
  • Elective surgery (National PROMs Programme) – Hip replacement
  • Elective surgery (National PROMs Programme) – Knee replacement
  • Elective surgery (National PROMs Programme) – Varicose vein
  • Epilepsy 12 audit (Childhood Epilepsy) – Prospective Audit
  • Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme (FFFAP)
  • Fitting child (care in emergency departments)
  • Head and neck oncology (DAHNO)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – report and action plan
  • Lung cancer (NLCA)
  • Major Trauma (Trauma Audit & Research Network, TARN)
  • Mental health (care in emergency departments)
  • National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit
  • National Audit of Intermediate Care
  • National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • National Cardiac Arrest Audit (NCAA)
  • National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme – Primary care audit
  • National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme – Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme – Secondary Care Audit
  • National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion programme – Audit of patient information and consent
  • National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) – report and action plan available
  • National Heart Failure Audit
  • National Joint Registry: Hip, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder, Elbow
  • National Vascular Registry
  • Neonatal intensive and special care (NNAP)
  • Non-invasive ventilation – adults
  • Oesophago-gastric cancer (NAOGC)
  • Older people (care in emergency departments)
  • Paediatric Intensive Care (PICANET) – Main audit
  • Paediatric pneumonia
  • Pleural procedures
  • Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) – QIP 12B: Personality Disorder
  • Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) – QIP 14A: substance misuse – alcohol detoxification
  • Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) – QIP 6D: Assessment of side effects of depot antipsychotic medication
  • Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) – QIP 9C: Use of antipsychotic medication in people with a learning disability
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis – Clinical audit data capture
  • Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) – Main Audit
  • UK Parkinson’s audit