January’s eBulletin is now out!

Published: 26 Jan 2023

Welcome to the January 2023 round-up of clinical audit news, events and programmes from HQIP and other relevant healthcare organisations.


  • NEW reports published: Fractures; asthma & COPD; and cancer
  • Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023 announced
  • Tender news
  • Case study: National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients
  • NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24
  • Get involved: HQIP Service User Network
  • New benchmarking data: Ophthalmology
  • Article: The invisible power of health data
  • National Clinical Audit Learning & Knowledge Hub
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NEW reports published in July

The following reports were published this month:

You can find a full list of all published reports on our website.

Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023 announced

We are pleased to announce the return of Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW23) this year, which will take place from 19-23 June 2023. This is a national campaign to promote and celebrate the benefits and impact of clinical audit and quality improvement work in healthcare.

Run in collaboration with the National Quality Improvement (incl. Clinical Audit) Network (N-QI-CAN), this year’s event will again centre around the Clinical Audit Heroes Awards. Details on how to submit entries to these awards, and on the wider #CAAW23 campaign, will be available in due course; updates will be included in future HQIP eBulletins, on twitter (follow @HQIP) and posted to our dedicated Clinical Audit Awareness Week webpage over the coming months.

Dates for your diary: As part of the campaign, N-QI-CAN will be running daily online ‘Lunch & Learn’ events from 12.30-1.30pm throughout 19-23 June 2023. More information on these events will be available shortly; please make a note of these dates/times in your diary.

In meantime, you can get involved by sharing this news on social media, using #CAAW23!

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Tender news: National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)

A reminder that we are currently seeking to commission an organisation that will support the delivery of the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD), with a closing date of 12:00 on 9 Feb 2023.

Further information can be found on the tenders section of our website.

Case study: National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients

The Richard Driscoll Memorial Award (RDMA) 2022 asked HQIP commissioned programmes to describe how patients and carers influence the production of the patient-focused outputs.

This RDMA entry highlights the National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients’ patient involvement programme and co-produced resources. The audit was commended by judges.

Read the case study in full here.

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NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24 confirmed 

NHS Trust healthcare providers are required to publish a Quality Account report annually, covering the quality of their services. The NHS England Quality Accounts list comprises National Clinical Audits, Clinical Outcome Review Programmes and other national quality improvement programmes which NHS England advises Trusts to prioritise for participation and inclusion in their Quality Accounts for 2023-24.

The NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24, plus further information and guidance, can be found on our website.

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Get involved: Service User Network (SUN)

A reminder that we have recently ‘opened up’ our Service User Network (SUN) by changing the structure. Going forward, there is no commitment to take part once signed up; all opportunities will be shared via a newsletter, and potential participants can register their interest in any area of work. In light of these changes, we are currently actively recruiting people to register to receive updates – please click here to subscribe.

To find out more, visit the Service User Network (SUN) section of our website.

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New benchmarking data available: Ophthalmology

New performance data is now available on the National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB) portal on:

NCAB is an online portal providing access to national audit performance data benchmarked by speciality, Trust, hospital or unit. To find out about your provider’s benchmarked performance in a range of clinical areas, visit the NCAB website.

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Article: The invisible power of health data

My friend’s elderly father has had a tough time recently, with a run of serious health problems that landed him in hospital on and off for most of the year. Did he know, I wondered, that he now featured in a whole smorgasbord of national data collection programmes and audits that aim to improve healthcare? “I had no idea,” he said, so I told him…

HQIP’s Associate Director Yvonne Silove’s article The Invisible Power of Health Data explores how data saves lives, though explaining this to patients can be tricky but rewarding. Featured in HQIP’s Quality Improvement magazine, CORNERSTONE, this article also includes further information on National Data Opt-Out.


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National Clinical Audit Learning & Knowledge Hub

The National Clinical Audit Learning & Knowledge Hub is a platform for bringing together the clinical audit community to share expertise and insights on utilising National Clinical Audit to improve patient care and services we provide

HQIP is working in partnership with NHS England, NQICAN, Royal Colleges and other partners to develop a National Clinical Audit Learning & Knowledge Hub for the clinical audit community.

Our independent user research has told us that people would value a place to share or seek expertise on practical issues around understanding and taking appropriate action on NCA recommendations within the wider context of everything else that we know.

Do you have expertise to share on:

  • Utilising real time data?
  • Understanding &  translating  National Clinical Audit findings?
  • Triangulating National Clinical Audit findings with wider information to provide further context?
  • Effectively implementing National Clinical Audit recommendations and evidencing an improvement in patient care?
  • Changing culture to support continuous improvement?
  • Quality Improvement plans that have made an impact or not?

Please get in touch to be part of a timebound piece of work to develop the community at [email protected]

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