What is NAD?

We are commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England and the Welsh Government, as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme.

We measure the performance of general hospitals in England and Wales against criteria relating to care delivery which are known to impact people with dementia while in hospital.

These criteria (standards) are from national and professional guidance, including NICE Quality Standards and guidance, the Dementia Friendly Hospitals charter, and reports from the Alzheimer’s Society, Age Concern and Royal Colleges.

We update the standards every round of audit. View the standards that will be audited during Round 4 of the National Audit of Dementia.

Data is analysed by us and reported at national and Trust/Health Board level.

The reports are designed for:

  • Clinicians, managers and other staff who provide inpatient care to people with dementia in general hospitals in England and Wales
  • People with dementia and their families/carers
  • People involved in commissioning care - NHS England/NHS Improvement, Welsh Government and Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • People who regulate care - including the Care Quality Commission, clinical audit and quality improvement professionals

We produce national, local and hospital reports.

We also run quality improvement workshops and provide action planning toolkits to help hospitals use quality improvement methods to drive changes specific to their needs.

We're managed by the Centre for Quality Improvement, working in close partnership with professional and service user representatives. We work with professional bodies, voluntary sector providers and campaigning organisations.

Our partner organisations

Each of the partner organisations collaborating in the audit are represented on our Steering Group. The Steering Group's role is to oversee the audit and to advise on all aspects of the project including:

  • Standards
  • Methodology
  • Audit process
  • Recruitment of services
  • Reports and publications
  • Liaison with other key bodies such as the Department of Health and Welsh Government.
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