The National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) for England, Scotland and Wales aims to improve the quality of care, services and clinical outcomes for patients with asthma (adult; children and young people) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What we are doing
Spanning the entire patient care pathway, NACAP will include strong collaboration with asthma and COPD patients, as well as healthcare professionals, and aspires to set out a vision for a service which puts patient needs first. The programme comprises six key workstreams:
- primary care audit – involves the collection of audit data from GP patient record systems in Wales for patients with asthma (both paediatric and adult) and COPD.
- secondary care audits – continuous audits of admissions to hospital, in combination with a biennial snapshot audit of service organisation and resource for:
- pulmonary rehabilitation – a continuous clinical audit of service provision and delivery, with a biennial snapshot audit of service organisation and resource in March 2019. Registration for this workstream opened in September 2018.
- quality improvement – integrated into all workstreams, resources, events and materials which will provide teams with support for service development and improvement.
- patient and public involvement and engagement – working with patients and carers to ensure audit outputs support people to understand what good asthma and COPD care looks like.
What we have done
NACAP succeeds a number of historic projects, audits and confidential enquiries:
- Asthma Audit Development Project (AADP) – project to inform the specification of, and conduct the foundation work required for, a national asthma audit.
- National COPD Audit Programme – first national COPD audit programme, commissioned to deliver audits in primary, secondary and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
- National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) – confidential enquiry which looked into the circumstances surrounding deaths from asthma from 1 February 2012 – 30 January 2013.
People have the right to decide if they would rather their healthcare information was not included in NACAP’s audit workstreams. Further information on what is collected and how patients can say ‘no thank you’ to their information being included is available within the fair processing/privacy notice and patient information materials located within each workstream's resources page.
Contact information is collected for people who wish to receive regular information and updates on NACAP and its workstreams. Contact details include:
- job title
- place of work
- email address.
This information is not used for any other purpose than to send contacts newsletters and information that they have requested to receive and this will not be passed to any other organisations or third parties. Contact spreadsheets are password protected and stored within a secure server at the RCP. Contacts who are on these lists have the right to decide if they wish to remain on them. If an existing contact wishes to be removed from these lists they can contact the NACAP team.
The programme has been commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and currently covers England, Scotland and Wales only.
The audit programme is led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), working closely with a broad range of organisations including Asthma UK, the British Thoracic Society, British Lung Foundation, Primary Care Respiratory Society UK, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
NACAP is supported by a board, advisory (asthma and COPD) and patient and public involvement (PPI) groups.