NNAP - news

Keep up to date with the latest news from the National Neonatal Audit Programme.

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February 2017 (weblink)

October 2016 (PDF, 287 KB)

December 2015 (PDF, 495 KB)

NNAP National report launch event 



Launch highlights of the event




Dr Sam Oddie, Bradford Hopsital presentation on the NNAP national report key findings.




Dr Sashikumar Palaniappan, Medway foundation trust, case study presentation: Using results from the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) Annual Report to drive improvements in the rates of breast feeding at discharge from neonatal care.

The NNAP 2016 Annual Report on 2015 data encourages quality improvement by the incorporation of examples of local QI case studies

The following case studies are included in this year’s annual report to highlight how some neonatal networks and units have used NNAP results as a basis for identifying, and undertaking, local quality improvement activities.

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The 2016 National Neonatal Audit Programme Annual Report and Parent/Carer guide are now available!

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On behalf of the NNAP Project Board, we are delighted to inform you that the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has now published the NNAP 2016 Annual Report on 2015 data and an update of the English and Welsh language 'Your Baby’s Care’, the booklet for parents and carers that accompanies it.   

The NNAP Project Board is grateful for all of the efforts of neonatal unit and network staff across England, Scotland and Wales who have continued to enter the crucial data which ensures that the NNAP is able to produce reports that have a strong evidence base which reflects neonatal care. 
Overview of coverage
The story was featured in around 350 media outlets. Highlights include BBC Wales Online, BBC Radio Wales (English and Welsh languages) and BBC 1 Wales (TV Welsh and English languages), The Western Mail, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman, The Belfast Telegraph and Heart Radio (Scotland). For full details of coverage please see the overview of media engagement (PDF, 382.41KB) received for the launched publication.

The National Neonatal Audit Programme launches 'NNAP Online'

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To access NNAP Online and view NNAP unit, network and national results for 2014 and 2015 please click on the link below 

Click here to access NNAP Online

NNAP Online has been developed in response to consultations with the neonatal community which highlighted the desire to be able to view and compare the results of NNAP analysis in a more accessible and useful manner.  
NNAP Online will allow users to:
view an overall annual summary report for a chosen neonatal network or neonatal unit for 2015 or 2014 data
view and compare the results for specific NNAP audit measures for different units or networks
easily identify network and unit results via the interactive caterpillar and outlier plots

The 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators’ Meeting

The 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting took place on 18 April 2016 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Over 120 people attended the event, including parents, multi-disciplinary neonatal unit staff members, neonatal network representatives and commissioners.

The event offered a great opportunity for networking and learning more about how data is being used to monitor and improve neonatal care.  Please see below a short video which captures some of the reflections of attendees along with videos of the presentations delivered on the day.  A copy of the programme of events for the day is also available for information.

Highlights of the 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting (Video)



The project boards of both the NNAP and NDAU are grateful to everyone who took the time to attend the event and look forward to further succesful events in future years.

 Presentations on the day (Video format)

NNAP 2016 Audit dataset questions

The NNAP have updated their 2016 audit dataset measures (PDF, 359KB)which includes an additional measurable standard for Magnesium Sulphate.


December 2015 (PDF, 495 KB)

Project background

The NNAP is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), funded by NHS England, the Scottish government and the Welsh Government and is delivered by the RCPCH.
Approximately 750,000 babies are born each year in England, Scotland and Wales and of these nearly 1 in 8, or more than 95,000 will be admitted to a Neonatal Unit (NNU) which specialises in looking after babies who are born too early, with a low birth weight or who have a medical condition requiring specialist treatment.
Monitoring the standard of care provided by specialist neonatal units is essential to informing efforts to give all babies the best possible chance of surviving and reaching their full potential. The RCPCH does this through the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) which encourages individual NNU, regional networks and the nation as a whole, to deliver the very highest levels of care to babies and families by measuring against standards described by professional organisations.
The NNAP measures care based on data provided annually by all three levels of neonatal unit (Special Care Unit, Local Neonatal Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). By identifying the areas which require improvement, the audit informs action planning at a unit and network level, whilst helping hospital management, commissioners and policymakers to prioritise future funding and support.
Overall aims of the audit 
Assess whether babies requiring specialist neonatal care receive consistent, high quality care across England and Wales in relation to the audit questions;
  • Identify areas for improvement in relation to service delivery and the outcomes of care
  • NNAP and the Transparency Agenda
  • Bliss
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Clevermed
  • HQIP
  • Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU)
  • The Neonatal Society

Contact the NNAP team:

Email: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk

Tel: 0207 092 6170