The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) aims to improve the quality of care that NHS mental health trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales provide to people with psychosis. Services are measured against criteria relating to the care and treatment they provide, so that the quality of care can be improved. The audit is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England and Improvement.
In the first year (2017/18) the audit looked at care being provided to people with psychosis by inpatient and outpatient services. From year two, the audit has focused on the quality of care provided by Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams. These are specialised services providing prompt assessment and evidence-based treatments to people with first-episode psychosis. Key performance areas include access to treatment, psychological interventions, prescribing practice and physical health screening and interventions.
The 2021/22 NCAP audit report was published in July 2022.
We work with professional bodies, voluntary sector providers and campaigning organisations.
We comply with the CCQI ethical audit standards and don't require ethics approval or patient consent.
We work with a number of partner organisations which represent key stakeholders in the audit:
- British Psychological Society
- Care Quality Commission
- College of Mental Health Pharmacy
- Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
- National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
- NHS England and Improvement
- Public Health Department Wales
- Rethink Mental Illness
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing.
Members from these organisations sat on the NCAP steering group.
The purpose of this group is to provide our project team with expertise from multiple backgrounds to plan, structure, carry out and interpret the results of the audit fully and without bias.