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National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) resources

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This page contains information to support the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP).

NACAP Organagram 


Privacy notice

Please see the privacy notice for NACAP below.

The privacy notice contains information about what data is collected and processed under the NACAP.

NACAP governance

The NACAP governance structure is depicted in the below PDF and consists of a board, two advisory groups (covering COPD and asthma separately), and a patient panel.

Members of the NACAP Board, advisory groups or any ad hoc NACAP groups contribute to programme activities and decisions and, therefore, declarations of interests that may conflict with the audit programme are required as a matter of good governance. Our declarations of interests policy is also depicted in a PDF below. 

NACAP board

The NACAP board provides expert direction, operational oversight and performance management of the NACAP programme and consists of high-level stakeholders including patient representatives and national and patient organisations.

NACAP asthma and COPD advisory groups

The advisory groups provide operational advice on the individual NACAP workstreams and consist of patients and (healthcare) professionals considered experts in their field.

NACAP patient panels

The patient panels make sure views, experiences and ideas of people affected by asthma and COPD, who use the NHS, can help shape the audit.

For further information on the latest membership and representation on these groups, please contact NACAP@rcp.ac.uk 


NACAP data requests

Most NACAP audit data is routinely reported and aggregated data published in reports and available from Find open data. Patient-level data, however, is not placed in the public domain. Access to this data can be requested on application via the NACAP team who will review the request, conducting checks to confirm that:

  • It is a unique request.
  • The data is not already available in the public domain.
  • The application form has already been completed appropriately.
  • A similar request has not alreay been submitted by another individual or organisation.

If the request is unique and the application fully completed it will be submitted to the data controller, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), for final approval. You can find out more about accessing National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) data from the HQIP website.

This document will be updated as and when new data access requests are submitted to the NACAP.

NACAP outputs (2017-21)

The workbook below contains all outputs from the audit (articles, blogs, papers, posters, reports) since 2017 listed in chronological order. Where available, a hyperlink or direct link to the output has been provided. The final worksheet details work in progress with the expected publication dates. 

This document will be updated as and when new outputs are produced.


The UPCARE tool is a protocol to describe the key features of clinical audits and registries. This has been completed for the NACAP and can be downloaded below.

This document will be updated on a 6-month basis.

NACAP data protection impact assessment (DPIA)

The DPIA is a process used to help identify and minimise the data protection risks of a project. For more information on the DPIA please visit the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website.

This document will be updated on a 6-month basis.

Patient information

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.

National Data Opt-Out

The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.  Patients inform their healthcare providers of any decision to opt-out and all data submitted to research and planning projects should be checked against opt-out decisions first. 

View the NACAP national data opt-out statement above.


NACAP is currently review and updating its outlier measures and process. An updated document will be uploaded soon. 


We produce regular newsletters providing updates on NACAP and its workstreams. If you would like to receive the NACAP newsletter, which provides updates on primary care and secondary care, pulmonary rehabilitation and quality improvement, email nacap@rcp.ac.uk

Download disclaimer

You hereby agree that, in downloading or using these documents for any use outside of the project for which it was developed, you are entering into a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence agreement with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) under the following terms and conditions:

  • All information, software, products and related graphics contained in the audit tool or data collection form are provided for non-commercial purposes 'as is’ without warranty, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement of third party intellectual property rights.
  • In no event shall HQIP be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages for loss of profits, revenue, data or use incurred by you or any third party, whether in action in contract, tort, or otherwise, arising from your access to, or use of, the audit tool or form. HQIP make no representations about the suitability, reliability, or timeliness and accuracy of the information, software, products and related graphics contained in the audit tool or forms. HQIP reserves the right to make improvements, changes or updates to forms or tools at any time without notice.