Subscription funding charge towards NCAPOP

Updated March 2022


The NHS Standard Contract requires relevant providers of NHS services to participate in the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

NHS Trusts are responsible for funding a proportion of the NCAPOP costs through a process known as Subscription Funding. Each financial year NHS England publishes a Gateway letter detailing the amount to be paid by NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of this charge.

Financial year 2022/23 NCAPOP subscription funding

The same arrangements apply as last year (Financial year 2021/22) and the subscription cost remains the same.

Further information about the subscription funding charge is available in the frequently asked questions below. Further information on Trust requirements in relation to the NCAPOP is available on the HQIP Quality Accounts webpage.

For any queries relating to the subscription charge, please contact HQIP at [email protected].

FAQs for subscription funding of national clinical audits

(updated December 2017)

How much is the subscription funding charge?

The subscription funding charge is outlined annually on confirmation by NHS England. Since the 2016/17 financial year, the subscription funding charge has been set at £10,000 + VAT for all NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts.

What are the benefits to NHS Trusts in participating in the NCAPOP?

NCAPOP projects provide a valuable quality assurance function, as well as information to support local and national quality improvement and quality planning. A range of outputs such as national benchmarked reports, case studies and other quality improvement tools are published.

Who is liable to pay the subscription funding costs?

All NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts pay a subscription funding charge in line with the NHS standard contract requirement to participate in the NCAPOP programme.

Who does HQIP contact in NHS Trusts?

HQIP contacts all Trust medical and finance directors annually to alert them to the charge and to request that a purchase order is raised. HQIP suggests that queries regarding the subscription funding requirements for the Trust be directed to the local clinical audit team in the first instance.

How is the charge calculated if two NHS Trusts merge?

Trusts that plan to merge during a financial year will be invoiced separately for the subscription charge. Trusts which have merged prior to the financial year will only receive one subscription charge.

What sanctions will be imposed if a Trust does not pay the subscription charge?

At the end of each financial year HQIP reports Trusts who have not paid their subscription funding charge to NHS England and the Care Quality Commission.

2016 changes to subscription funding charge

NHS England agreed in 2016 that a standard charge would be set for all NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts. The charge set represented a cost saving for the majority of Trusts. The total funds received by HQIP from subscription funding have not increased as a result of this change.