The secondary care (adult asthma) workstream, due to commence in November 2018, will comprise a continuous clinical audit of people admitted to hospital adult services in England, Scotland and Wales with asthma attacks, and a snapshot audit of the organisation and resourcing of care.
Participation in the secondary care workstreams of the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) is a requisite of trust quality accounts.
This audit aims to collect information on all people admitted to hospital adult services with asthma attacks. Admission data, obtained from patient case notes, will be collected, and entered into a secure and bespoke audit web-tool.
A biennial snapshot organisational audit which will collect data on the organisation and resource of services. In an effort to reduce clinical burden and duplication of effort it will be run as a combined COPD and adult asthma organisational audit with data collection via the bespoke audit web-tool.
Registration for the adult asthma workstream of NACAP is now open. Hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales who admit adult patients with adult attacks are eligible to participate.
We are also looking for pilot hospitals to test the online dataset in August. This is a unique opportunity to view and feed back on the dataset before it launches in November.
If you would like further information about how to register your hospital for the audit and/or as a pilot hospital please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timeline may be subject to change, but we will keep you updated regarding any changes and provide additional timeline details as they are confirmed.
If you think your data may have been collected as part of this audit and wish to have it removed, then please speak to a member of your respiratory team at the hospital that treated you, or contact a member of the audit programme team on email@example.com or +44 (0)20 3075 1526.
NACAP was preceded by the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), a case note review of asthma deaths, and the Asthma Audit Development Project (AADP), which worked to inform the specification of, and carry out the foundation work require for, a national asthma audit. Due to differences in the asthma care and management of adults and children, the audit workstream for paediatric asthma is run separately.
All relevant secondary care providers in England, Scotland and Wales are expected to participate. NACAP is included in the list of national audits for inclusion in trusts’ quality accounts, and is also included in the NHS Wales Clinical Audit and Outcome Review Plan.