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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

National Audit of Schizophrenia

The National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS)


About the National Audit of Schizophrenia

The National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) was an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI). It was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

Participating in NAS enabled 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 also supported them to monitor patients’ experience and outcome of treatment, plus carers’ satisfaction with information and support.

Local services could compare their performance with national standards and to benchmark with other services. In addition, they could identify what they did well and where there was potential to improve. Wide participation in the audit also created an overview of the quality of care being provided nationally.

It was expected that all Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales who provide community-based care and treatment to service users with schizophrenia would participate in NAS.

NAS ran for two rounds of audit and this work has been built upon by the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP), which looks at the care being provided to people with a wider range of illnesses, and  includes people in hospital settings as well as those in community services.


Reports for second round of audit (2013-14)



Reports for the first round of audit (2011-12)

Other NAS publications


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Publications page

Visit our publications page, including our article on BJPsych online.


HQIP QI Awards

NAS won the HQIP QI award for creating conditions for local improvement!


Round two national report

Download the round two national report in full, executive summary, Welsh and lay report versions from our NAS reports page 


Download the 2014 update of the Lester UK adaptation of the Cardiometabolic Health Resource

From the NAS resources page


NAS blog