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Support for service teams: COPD

This page provides a series of resources to support services who are participating in the audit of COPD secondary care, or who are eligible to participate and would like more information.  


All hospitals in England and Wales who admit people with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are eligible to participate. To register your hospital, please complete and send the registration and Caldicott Guardian approval forms below to copd@rcp.ac.uk

Information governance

Information on when and how NACAP might share identifiable data, and a record on when this has occurred.
Diagram showing how NACAP and its stakeholders access and use clinical data on COPD.
Detailed explanation of NACAP’s approval to collect and store clinical data on COPD, and how data is shared with NACAP’s stakeholders.

Audit and data collection guidance for participating services 

Includes detailed support for accessing and using the webtool as well as advice on information governance, data collection and submission.
Find answers to the common questions COPD services have about the NACAP clinical audit of COPD secondary care. Questions cover general information on the audit, technical questions on how to use the audit webtool, and questions on how we collect, store, use and share data.
A short visual guide to the questions asked as part of the clinical audit.
See the full list of data points you will be asked to enter on the audit webtool for each COPD patient included in the audit. The document includes help notes to help you respond to each question.

Information to share with patients 

Information for patients and details about how NACAP works in partnership with patients and carers can be found on the patient information and support page

Quality improvement (QI) support for COPD services 

Generic and COPD specific QI support is available for everyone on the NACAP website. This includes:  

  • Recommendations for QI priorities  
  • Slide-sets highlighting key findings from clinical audit reports, to inform and support clinical teams to make improvements. 
  • Templates for driver diagrams, PDSA cycles and SMART aims.  

For more information about NACAP’s QI strategy and activities, see the NACAP QI page

Examples of good practice 

  • See the COPD good practice repository for ideas on how to drive improvements in your service or contact copd@rcp.ac.uk if you have an example that you would like to share with others.   

  • The secondary care audit also has a programme page on the Respiratory Futures website, as well as a forum where healthcare professionals can share learning about how they use the audit.