The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) assesses whether babies admitted to neonatal units receive consistent high quality care in relation to the NNAP audit measures that are aligned to a set of professionally agreed guidelines and standards. The NNAP also identifies variation in the provision of neonatal care at local unit, regional network and national levels and supports stakeholders to use audit data to stimulate improvement in care delivery and outcomes.
The audit reports key outcomes of neonatal care, measures of optimal perinatal care, maternal breastmilk feeding, parental partnership, neonatal nurse staffing levels and other important care processes.
This year the summary report includes a Results at a glance page, a useful infographic that you can see and download below. Additional resources include Your baby's care, the parent guide to the annual report (see more detail below), and unit specific posters.
The summary report and other resources can be downloaded below.
At a glance
Further information and resources
Appendix A NNAP 2021 data results: This provides in-depth results and a summary of findings by audit measure, along with next steps and resources. Download Appendix A below
Next steps and resources for improvement: Neonatal services and Trusts/Health Boards can access their full results at unit and network level, interactive reporting tools and unit posters on NNAP Online.
Local quality improvement recommendations: A recommendations table, including additional local quality improvement recommendations made to neonatal services is available below
NNAP 2021 data line of sight table: This describes the evidence base for the recommendations made in this report. Download the data line of sight table below
Further information about the background, aims, and scope of the NNAP is available on our page, About the NNAP.
Data from the audit years 2010-2020
For parents and families
Your baby's care is the parent and carer guide to the annual report, and has been updated to cover 2021 data. (The Welsh language version will be available soon, and we'll contact Welsh units directly.)
The guide covers the NNAP measures most relevant to parents and carers, as chosen by parents and carers of preterm babies, supported by neonatologists. It includes images and quotes from parents and carers of preterm babies who received neonatal care. We encourage neonatologists and paediatricians to share it with parents.
You can find out more about how we use information about babies experiencing neonatal care and their mothers on our Your baby's information page.