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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  https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG178.

The NCAP report will be available in June 2018.


 

Core audit resources

Three-year timeline

 

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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: NCAP@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 

Preparation and sampling

Preparation and sampling materials are available on our core audit resources page. Please have your numbers of eligible patients with the NCAP team by Friday 1 September 2017.

 

Registration

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