National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP): secondary care workstream – children and young people asthma

The secondary care (children and young people asthma) workstream, which is due to commence in June 2019, will comprise two parts: a continuous clinical audit of people admitted to hospital paediatric 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. 

What we are doing

Children and young people asthma – continuous clinical audit

This audit aims to collect information on all people admitted to hospital paediatric services with asthma attacks. Admission data, obtained from patient case notes, will be collected, and entered into a secure and bespoke audit web-tool

Children and young people asthma – organisational audit

A biennial snapshot organisational audit which will collect data on the organisation and resource of services, with data collection via the bespoke audit web-tool.

Register now

Registration for the children and young people asthma workstream of NACAP is now open. Hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales who admit paediatric patients with asthma attacks are eligible to participate. 

We are also looking for pilot hospitals to test the online dataset in February/March 2019. This is a unique opportunity to view and provide feedback on the dataset before it launches in June 2019. 

If you would like further information about how to register your hospital for the audit and/or as a pilot hospital, please contact us via asthma@rcplondon.ac.uk or visit the workstream's resources page for a copy of the registration form.  

Adult asthma

Due to differences in the asthma care and management of adults and children and young people, these will be run as separate audit workstreams.

Workstream timelines

  • August 2018 – June 2019: recruitment of hospitals for children and young people asthma audit
  • February 2019: web-tool and dataset pilot
  • June 2019: start of continuous clinical data collection for children and young people asthma
  • June 2019 – February 2021: continuous clinical data collection
  • September 2020: planned publication of national clinical report
  • April–December 2020: children and young people asthma organisational audit
    • April-June 2019: data collection
    • July-December 2019: analysis and report preparation
  • December 2020: planned publication of children and young people asthma national organisational report

The above timeline may be subject to change but we will keep you updated regarding any changes and provide additional timeline details as they are confirmed.

Contact

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 asthma@rcplondon.ac.uk 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.

Who's involved

Organisations

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 & Outcome Review Plan.

What we have produced

Information and resources developed to help organisations participating in the NACAP secondary care (children and young people asthma) workstream.