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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression






What is the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression?

The National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD) is a three-year improvement programme which aims to increase the quality of care that NHS Mental Health Trusts in England provide to people with anxiety and depression. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England, the audit will focus on care received by people during and after a period of inpatient treatment. Key areas of performance in the audit include crisis planning, follow up, use of pharmacotherapy and offer and uptake of psychological therapies.

The programme includes a more detailed examination of the quality of psychological treatments through a ‘spotlight’ audit of the process and outcomes of treatment delivered by secondary care psychological therapy services. The spotlight audit will focus on access and waiting times, training and supervision of therapists, and measuring and monitoring of patient outcomes.

For all aspects of the audits, participating services will be able to compare their performance with national standards and benchmark their performance against other services.


This project will begin in June 2017 with a pilot year and will not collect data until 2018.

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If you would like to register your interest in participating in the pilot, national clinical audit or for more information please contact a member of the project team or submit your details here.


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