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

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Annual report

New audit questions

Clinical Reference Advisory Group

Survey results

NNAP/NDAU collaborators' 2014 meeting - presentations



Leaflets for the neonatal unit


Fifth annual NNAP and NDAU collaborators’ meeting 2015

The fifth annual National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) and Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU) collaborators’ meeting took place on Monday 16 March 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham. Eighty delegates attended the meeting including patients and a wide range of multidisciplinary team members working in support of neonatal care.

The key aims of the meeting were:

  • Gaining an understanding of the methods and processes of NNAP
  • Opportunities to provide involvement in influencing the development of NNAP questions and analyses
  • Learning about specific examples of quality improvement from around the UK


National Neonatal Audit Programme update  (PPT, 1.67MB)
Dr Sam Oddie, NNAP Clinical Lead

My story (parent/carer experience) (PDF,1.89 MB)
Ms Jo Fraser

Quality improvement in reducing infection: an example from Edinburgh (PPT, 5.12MB)
Dr Claire Smith

What can data do to improve quality on a NNU: examples from VON and the SPIN Study (PPT, 1.42MB)
Dr Alison Leaf

Driving quality improvement in neonatology: role of BAPM (PPT, 4.39MB)
Dr Gopi Menon

How should NNAP attribute outcomes?
Professor Neena Modi

Quality improvement in the neonatal unit – how can nurses contribute (PPT, 255.97)
Ms Denise Evans

Using magnesium to reduce cerebral palsy in preterm infants: a quality improvement initiative
Dr Karen Luyt

Delegates participated enthusiastically in the workshop session

Their valuable feedback will be fully reviewed by the NNAP project board with a view to making improvements to the programme.

Delegate feedback from the day

‘I found other people's "stories" of how they used their data to improve quality very useful and more sessions like this would be great’.

Workshop at NNAP/NDAU meeting  Two delegates at NNAP/NDAU meeting  Workshop (Sam) at NNAP/NDAU meeting

2013 NNAP annual report

The extended online version, which covers the period from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013, is now available to download. The published version of the report will be circulated in due course.

Go to NNAP report

New audit questions

NNAP welcome carefully thought out new questions, or revisions to existing questions.

In 2014 a proposal for reporting on Chronic Lung Disease was developed, and the Project Board has agreed that this question will be analysed on the 2014 data. Pending discussions it is possible that this will be analysed on a three-year epoch, including data from 2013, 2014 and 2015, with a first report due in summer 2016.

When these are finalised, details will be released in the upcoming NNAP newsletter.

Clinical Reference Advisory Group

NNAP has formed a newly created Clinical Reference Advisory Group (CRAG) as part of its two-year development plan.

The aim of this group of clinicians is to provide a clinician's perspective on NNAP, to suggest, develop and implement new questions, and to help provide critical review of previous questions. NNAP will work constructively with clinicians through this body, British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and other contacts with the clinical community.

If you have views on NNAP – share them with us at nnap@rcpch.ac.uk

Developing the future of the NNAP - survey results

This survey in June 2014 aimed to help the NNAP Project Board better understand the views of neonatal colleagues in England and Wales, and to develop the work of the programme in a responsive and inclusive manner.

Survey results (PDF, 992KB, 81 pages)

NNAP/ NDAU collaborators' meeting 2014

The NNAP / Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU) collaborators' meeting took place on 3 March 2014 at the Institute of Education, London. The event was attended by 95 delegates from neonatal units in England and Wales.

The meeting provided an overview of the progress to date, current work and gave delegates the opportunity to contrubute to the future of the NNAP.


Collab meeting 2_0.jpgNicola Fitz-Simon: Case Mix Adjustment (18 Pages, 532KB)

Dr Sam Oddie: NNAP Update (28 Pages, 763KB)

Dr Angela Huertas: How do we achieve high rates of follow up at 2years?

Dr Roshan Adappa: Defining Chronic Lung Disease for NNAP (15 Pages, 247KB)

Prof Neena Modi: Wide Use of Data Recorded Once

Michele Upton: Quality Improvment  (29 Pages, 881KB)

Dr Sam Oddie: ROP Screening Debate 1 (15 Pages, 538KB) 

Prof Andrew Wilkinson: ROP Screening Debate 2

Dr Gill Adams: ROP Screening Debate 3 (4 Pages, 234KB)


October 2014 (weblink)

February 2014 (PDF)

December 2013 (PDF)


174 (97%) units in England and Wales are now submitting data to the audit.

NNAP list of participating neonatal units (PDF, 308KB, 3 pages)

Units wishing to report amendments to this list, which also appears on the NDAU website, please contact the NNAP Project Administrator on nnap@rcpch.ac.uk.

Leaflets for use on the neontal unit

Guide for parents and carers 2014 (PDF, 233KB, 4 pages)

Leaflet for neonatal staff 2014 (PDF, 481KB, 4 pages)

If you would like a supply of these leaflets for your unit, please contact NNAP on on nnap@rcpch.ac.uk


Email: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk