The audit's 9th Annual Report was published on 25 October 2018. This report includes patients with a new referral between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.
What the audit measures
The audit measures the quality of care provided to people referred to pulmonary hypertension services in England (including patients referred from Wales) and Scotland, by answering a number of questions:
- are pulmonary hypertension services appropriate?
- are patients receiving the right treatment in a timely manner?
- what are the outcomes for patients with pulmonary hypertension?
The audit answers these questions through the measurement of a number of professionally agreed standards reported at a national level.
Information from the audit is used by clinicians and commissioners to inform clinical practice, service development, improvement and commissioning activities.
The audit helps to inform pulmonary hypertension services which are which are nationally commissioned by NHS England and the National Services Division in Scotland.
Who manages the audit
NHS Digital is working in collaboration with senior clinicians from the specialist centres. The National Pulmonary Hypertension Audit is commissioned by NHS England.
The audit is included in quality accounts. Only the eight designated centres participate. Trusts should use the last published results to confirm participation. The audit does not report case ascertainment.
There are 8 designated pulmonary hypertension centres in England and Scotland and all eight are registered to participate in the audit. They are: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust; The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust.
The legal basis for this audit
This audit is underpinned by sections 254(1), (3) and (6) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The legal basis for the audit to link to ONS mortality data is section 42(4) of the Statistics and Registration Services Act 2007 (as amended by section 287 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012).
Why and how we process your data in the National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension system, and your rights.