National Clinical Audit of Psychosis: Core Audit Report 2018
This report presents the findings from the core audit of the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP). NCAP was previously known as the National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) from which two reports were published: NAS1 in December 2012 and NAS2 in November 2014. NCAP is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme (NCAPOP), which is funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government.
The audit has focused on four issues relating to the quality of care provided for people with psychotic disorders: management of physical health, prescribing practice, access to psychological therapies and outcomes. Twelve audit standards and two outcome measures were developed to address these issues.
People with psychosis often require intensive, long-term treatment and care from a multi-professional team and a range of service types. This means that the quality of care they receive is an indication of the overall quality of mental health services. Thus, this report is a valuable source of information about the quality of NHS mental health care across England and Wales. The fact that all Mental Health Trusts and Health Boards in England and Wales participated is a testament to the work of the audit team at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the commitment of NHS staff towards assessing and improving quality of care.
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