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NAS   National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) will enable clinicians who treat people with schizophrenia in the community to assess the quality of their prescribing of antipsychotic drugs and of their monitoring of patients’ physical health. It will also support them to monitor patients’ experience of treatment and its outcome. Through the audit, local services will be able to compare their performance with national standards and to benchmark with other services, identifying what they do well and where there is potential to improve.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis audit aims to support the introduction of the new access and waiting time standards set for EIP services to ensure timely access to NICE concordant care for young people and adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The audit will establish a baseline position regarding the ability of services to provide timely access to the full range of interventions recommended by NICE (delivered by fully trained and supervised practitioners) in line with local demand.


The National Audit of Psychological Therapies (NAPT) aims to promote access, appropriateness, acceptability and positive outcomes of treatment for those suffering from depression and anxiety.


  The National Audit of Learning Disabilities - Feasibility study began in May 2013 and finished in April 2014. The study aimed to determine: 1) whether a national clinical audit could feasibly generate reliable data about the quality of care provided by health organisations to people with learning disabilities. 2) whether a national clinical audit is an effective way of driving improvement within NHS organisations.
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National Audit of Memory Clinics - The Department of Health in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists conducted two audits in 2013 and 2014 of the provision of memory clinics/services in England. This information is used to monitor the progress on the key commitments regarding memory clinics in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, and is compared with the findings in the NHS Information Centre’s 2011 report Establishment of Memory Services.

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The Dementia Care Audit Tool (DCAT) is a new tool which was pre-piloted in 2013. The tool aims to provide a measure of the care provided to people with dementia living in a care home setting. The tool was designed for care homes of all kinds – residential, nursing, specialist, non specialist, organisationally run, stand alone – and in all sectors – not-for profit, for profit, charity and local authority.




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