Audit report on pregnancy in diabetes released

12 October 2017

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An audit report has been published measuring the quality of care and outcomes for women with pre-gestational diabetes who were pregnant in 2016.

The report provides evidence on progress against the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommendations for pregnancy in diabetes.

It also shows how well prepared women with diabetes have been for pregnancy over the last year, giving a breakdown of the age, body mass index (BMI), ethnicity and deprivation of the expecting mothers, providing insight into the potential trends underlying the figures.

The report includes a number of recommendations to improve outcomes for patients, investigating 3 main audit areas whether:

  • women with diabetes were adequately prepared for pregnancy
  • appropriate steps were taken during pregnancy to minimise adverse outcomes to the mother
  • adverse fetal/infant outcomes were minimised

The report was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)2 as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme, analysed by NHS Digital and covers England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

The audit report can be accessed at:  


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2016/17 financial year, NHS Digital published 292 statistical reports. We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit

2. The National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme (NCA). HQIP is led by a consortium of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices. Its aim is to promote quality improvement, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality in England and Wales. HQIP holds the contract to manage and develop the NCA Programme, comprising more than 30 clinical audits that cover care provided to people with a wide range of medical, surgical and mental health conditions. The programme is funded by NHS England, the Welsh Government and, with some individual audits, also funded by the Health Department of the Scottish Government, DHSSPS Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

3. Data are collected and submitted by antenatal diabetes services in England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

4. Women consent for their data to be included in the audit.

5. The NPID audit is part of the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) portfolio within the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes programme (NCAPOP).