NNAP - news

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

On this page:


February 2017 (weblink)

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.

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.

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