NHS England has directed NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of the National Diabetes Audit including the National Diabetes Footcare Audit.
The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA) is part of the National Diabetes Audit programme (NDA). The NDA is managed under contract by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government. The NDA is delivered by NHS Digital working with Diabetes UK.
The NDFA has been designed to deliver a reliable measurement system for diabetic foot disease. The measurements include the basic structure of care services, the management of each person presenting with active disease of the foot and the outcomes.
The audit is a measurement system to support improvement in the quality of care of foot ulcers in people with diabetes and seeks to address three key questions:
Structures: are the nationally recommended care structures in place for the management of diabetic foot disease?
Processes: does the treatment of active diabetic foot disease comply with nationally recommended guidance?
Outcomes: are the outcomes of diabetic foot disease optimised?
The key findings of the audit (aggregate level) are published regularly.
Read the national diabetes footcare audit Data Provision Notice