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

National Clinical Audit of Psychosis







What is the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP)?

The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) is a three-year improvement programme which aims to increase the quality of care that NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales provide to people with psychosis. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England, NCAP is the next phase in the development of the National Audit of Schizophrenia. The scope of the new audit has been extended to include both inpatient and community care provided for people with a broader group of severe mental health problems.

Key areas of performance will include the assessment and treatment of physical health, health promotion, prescribing practice, use of evidence-based psychological treatments and access to services at times of crisis. The audit programme will also include a more detailed examination of the quality of care provided by Early Intervention in Psychosis teams and forensic mental health services.

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.

Year 1: Core audit

The first year of the audit (2017-18) will comprise an audit of practice, for which data collection will take place in October/November 2017. 

The core audit will examine care being provided to people with a psychosis by inpatient and outpatient services using the core audit standards, derived from the 2014 NICE schizophrenia guidance.

The NCAP report will be available in June 2018.


Core audit resources

Three-year timeline



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Data entry now closed

Thank you for all your hard work in collecting and submitting data for NCAP, online data entry is now closed for all organisations. Final submission numbers have been updated on our data returns updates page. The NCAP team will be in touch with Trusts in mid-January 2018 with data cleaning queries and final datasets.


Data entry deadline and extension

Online data entry for the NCAP core audit will close on Wednesday 29 November. An extension is available until 5pm 1 December, please get in touch with the NCAP team if you require this, on


Data returns updates

Online data entry for the NCAP core audit is now open. Please check the data returns updates page to keep up to date on how many returns have been submitted by your organisation. This page will be updated weekly.


Data entry now open

Online data entry for the NCAP core audit is now open, the deadline for data entry is 29 November 2017. Login details have been sent to audit lead contacts in each Trust/Health Board.


CBTp training

Additional guidance on CBTp training as been developed  to augment the current data collection guide and is now available under the 'Guidance for data collection' section on our FAQ page.


Data collection tool and guidance document

The NCAP core audit tool and data collection guide have been sent to local NCAP leads. If you do not know who the NCAP lead for your Trust/Health Board, please contact the NCAP team:



Registration is now closed. To find out if your Trust/Health Board is registered for NCAP via our registered services page.