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National Diabetes Audit

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is the one of the largest annual clinical audits in the world, integrating data from both primary and secondary care sources, making it the most comprehensive audit of its kind.

To find out more about the NDA Programme check out this short presentation.

2015 - 2016 Audit Collection

The National Diabetes Audit 2015-16 is NOW OPEN. The last date for data submission is Friday 12 August 2016. Register your contact details with the NDA team and we will keep you up to date with the latest information about the audit and how to participate. Please include the following in your email:-  name, email address, practice name, practice code, clinical system.

Primary Care

We are pleased to announce that EMIS, TPP, INPS and Microtest will be supporting the NDA in 2015-2016. "How to Guidance" for each clinical system is available on the right hand side under "Guidance for GP Practices".

Update for EMIS, INPS and Microtest: The EMIS, Microtest and INPS queries are now ready for you to complete. You can find "How to Guidance" on the right hand side for how to complete the queries for each clinical system.

Update for TPP: Practices using the Clinical System TPP will need to "Opt In" to the audit by 5pm Monday 11th July. After this date TPP will automatically extract the data. Please see the TPP guidance on the right hand side for how to "Opt In". If you miss the deadline of the 11th July please contact the Diabetes Team and we will advise you how you can still participate.

Submitting your Data: Data submissions for EMIS, INPS and Microtest practices, and MiQuest submissions will be via the HSCIC Data Landing portal (secure web submission tool). Information for how to register for a Data Landing account is available on the right hand side of this page. Data Landing (Opens in a new window) is NOW OPEN and will remain open to submissions until Friday 12 August.

Information is also available on the right hand side for Fair Processing and the extraction read codes being used for 2015-2016. Please note that we have noticed an error in the GP practice poster that was previously sent in the post. The updated poster should be used, which can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page under Guidance for GP Practices.

Specialist Services and Insulin Pump Clinics

Information is now available on the right hand side under Guidance for Specialist Services, here you will find the secondary care specification document and csv template for you to complete, along with a guidance document for how to complete the template. Please work together to complete one template per hospital/trust that covers both Specialist Services and Insulin Pump Clinics. When you have completed the template please submit to Open Exeter.

Open Exeter is now OPEN to submissions and will remain open until 12 August 2016. To register for an account or check whether you have an account please see the guidance on the right hand side under guidance for Specialist Services.

For Hospitals submitting NHS numbers only, please read the Guidance for Completing the Secondary Care Template for how to complete a partial submission and submit to Data Landing (See "Guidance for Data Landing" on the right hand side for how to Register and Submit your data).

Clinical Commissioning Groups and Clinical Networks

Information is available on the right hand side for you to support practices and specialist services in your area. Please make sure all your practices are aware of the NDA and submission dates. Updates on participation for your CCG will be provided during the collection period, reports will be sent out 14th July, 21st July and 4th August.

Other News

New Reporting Format for the National Diabetes Audit

Report 1: Care Processes and Treatment Targets for 2013-14 and 2014-15 was published on 28 January 2016. This year we published the main report as a PowerPoint presentation to help CCGs and diabetes leads disseminate the findings locally. We also published GP practice and specialist unit reports. The report can be found here

Have Your Say

This is the first year the audit has reported in this way and we would like your feedback. We have developed an online survey which should take approximately five minutes to complete. If you would like to view the questions prior to completing the online survey they can be downloaded here pdf icon Report 1 Online Survey Questions [99kb]

Link to online survey:

Lessons Learned from 2013-14 and 2014-15

Following the drop in GP practice participation for 2013-14 and 2014-15 the National Diabetes Team have been busy gathering feedback from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) and GP practices to find out what the barriers were to participation, and what helped enable practices to participate in the audit. We have produced two reports, the main report details the full findings and recommendations, and a summary report that contains the key information.These can be found under Guidance for CCGs and Clinical Networks on the right hand side of this page

What does it measure?

The National Diabetes Audit is a major national clinical audit, which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales. The NDA collects and analyses data for use by a range of stakeholders to drive changes and improvements in the quality of services and health outcomes for people with diabetes.

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) answers four key questions based on the diabetes National Service Framework (NSF):

  • Is everyone with diabetes diagnosed and recorded on a practice diabetes register?
  • What percentage of people registered with diabetes received the nine NICE key processes of diabetes care?
  • What percentage of people registered with diabetes achieved NICE defined treatment targets for glucose control, blood pressure and blood cholesterol?
  • For people with registered diabetes what are the rates of acute and long term complications (disease outcomes)?

Aims and Objectives

The NDA aims to improve the quality of patient care by enabling NHS organisations to:

  • compare their outcomes of care with similar NHS organisations
  • identify and share best practice
  • identify gaps or shortfalls in commissioning services
  • assess local practice against NSF for diabetes and NICE guidelines and drive service improvement
  • provide a more comprehensive picture of diabetes care and outcomes in England and Wales

Through participation in the audit, local services are able to benchmark their performance and identify where they are performing well, and improve the quality of treatment and care they provide. On a national level, wide participation in the audit also provides an overview of the quality of care being provided in England and Wales.

Who manages the audit?

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme (NCA) and delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in partnership with Diabetes UK and the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (part of Public Health England). The NDA receives expert input from clinicians and people with diabetes across England and Wales

Analysing your data

A series of reports are available in the catalogue that will provide you with information on:

  • Audit participation in primary and secondary care

Data tables with information:

  • care processes (percentage recorded)
  • HbA1c results
  • patient age distribution
  • average age and BMI
  • diabetes type distribution
  • ketoacidosis episodes

Further in-depth analysis at a national and local level on:

  • registration and prevalence
  • complications
  • care processes
  • treatment targets

Data Access Requests

Please submit NDA data access requests to the audit commissioner, HQIP, using the following link:

Use of Audit Tools and Documentation Outside of the Clinical Audit

You hereby agree that in downloading or using the documents or tools on this web page for any use outside of the project for which it was developed, you are entering into a royalty free, non-exclusive, licence agreement with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership under the following Terms and Conditions:
All information, software, products and related graphics contained in the audit tool or data collection form are provided for non commercial purposes  "as is" without warranty, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement of third party intellectual property rights. In no event shall HQIP be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages for loss of profits, revenue, data or use incurred by you or any third party, whether in action in contract, tort, or otherwise, arising from your access to, or use of, the audit tool or form. HQIP make no representations about the suitability, reliability, or timeliness, and accuracy of the information, software, products and related graphics contained in the audit tool or forms. HQIP reserves the right to make improvements, changes or updates to forms or tools at any time without notice.

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