NAD 2020-22

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract to conduct a further three years of audit, commencing in January 2020.

Please be advised that due to the current situation with coronavirus (Covid-19) our audit timelines are subject to change. We will update this webpage as soon as any further information is available. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

The Carer Questionnaire is the data collection listed in the 2020/21 Quality Account for all eligible hospitals (acute general hospitals, providing services to adult inpatients). This is a repeat of the carer questionnaire carried out in rounds 3 and 4 of the audit.

Data collection for the Carer Questionnaire will take place between May and September 2020. Please make sure your hospital has registered to take part.

Further information can be found in our guidance document (PDF), the deadline for registration is 13 March 2020.

The next round of the audit will involve extensive changes to content and methodology.

The aim is to:

  • Move to more rapid and regular reporting, enabling sites to gauge the effect of local quality improvement initiatives  
  • Move to prospective identification of patients for sampling, to aid above
  • Focus on areas where there is lower/variable performance and reduce the total number of items measured
  • Examine methods for collecting feedback from patients as well as carers on an annual basis

We aim to work with 20 pilot hospital in different areas of England and Wales to develop and test these changes.

Data collection for the main audit will take place in each of the three years of the audit, details of which can be seen in the audit timeline. Registration for data collection will open later in the year once the pilot is underway.



We are inviting all community-based memory services to take part in this spotlight audit topic. The spotlight will focus on the time it takes for people with dementia to receive physical and mental assessment via community-based memory services.

Registration will open in May 2020 and data collection will likely take place in early 2021. 

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