National Audit of Care at the End of Life – Second round Report

Reports | Published: 09 Jul 2020

This report represents the findings of the second round of the National Audit of Care at the End of Life (NACEL) which took place in 2019. The audit, undertaken during 2019/20, comprised:

  • an Organisational Level Audit covering hospital/submission level questions;
  • a Case Note Review which reviewed consecutive deaths in the first two weeks of April 2019 and the first two weeks of May 2019 (acute providers) or deaths in April and May 2019 (community providers); and
  • a Quality Survey completed online, or by telephone, by the bereaved person.

Data for all elements of the audit was collected between June and October 2019. In total, 175 trusts in England and 8 Welsh organisations took part in at least one element of the audit (97% of eligible organisations). Mental health trusts did not take part in round two but will participate in round three.

For six of the seven themes, a summary score has been developed and calculated for each hospital. Unlike in round one, there is no summary score for ‘recognising the possibility of imminent death’ this year.

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National Audit of Care at the End of Life – Second round Report