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National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP): primary care workstream

What we are doing

The primary care workstream involves the collection of audit data relating to asthma and COPD patient care and management from routinely collected data in computerised primary care records.

Primary care - clinical audit (Wales)

Information on asthma (adult and paediatric) and COPD patient care which is obtained from GP practice record systems in Wales is used.

The Data Health and Care Wales (DHCW) Welsh primary care information portal which presents data extracted from general practices for the period of October 2018 - March 2020 launched on 12 March 2021. General Practices in Wales who opted to participate in the 2018/20 audit can view their own practice level data and benchmark themselves against cluster, local health board and national data. The portal is available at: http://isdapps.wales.nhs.uk/pcip.

Practice level reports for the 2021 audit, which will cover the period April 2020 – September 2021, are due to be made available in Spring 2022. Data for the 2021 audit will be obtained in November 2021 through the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) databank.



If you think your data may have been collected as part of this audit and wish to have it removed, then please speak to your GP surgery staff, or contact a member of the audit programme team by email at nacap@rcp.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 3075 1526.

Who's involved


NACAP works and has worked with a number of organisations to deliver this audit. This includes:

Informatica Systems Ltd (who facilitated the extraction of data from general practices in 2019 and 2020), the Data Health and Care Wales (who provide data reporting services for general practices via the Primary Care Information Portal), the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) databank for the provision of Wales primary care data (from 2021), and Imperial College London (who provide statistical data analysis services) to deliver this workstream.

The audit is overseen by the various governance groups that form part of the NACAP. These include representation from the Respiratory Health Implementation Group, the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK , Royal College of General Practitioners and Welsh Government.

What we have produced

This report presents results from an analysis of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) primary care data in Wales from the second round of the Welsh primary care audit component of the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP).

The Wales primary care clinical audit 2017/2018 report is the first report post launch of the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme on 1 March 2018 and is the first primary care report that covers the treatment of COPD in adults and asthma in both adults and children.

Information and resources developed to help practices participating in the NACAP primary care workstream.