National Neonatal Audit Programme Summary report on 2022 data

This report summarises the key messages and national recommendations developed by consensus by the NNAP Project Board and Methodology and Dataset Group, based on NNAP data relating to babies discharged from neonatal care in England and Wales between 1 January and 31 December 2022 and Scotland between 1 April 2022 and 31 December 2022.
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Last modified
20 December 2023


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.

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 (further details below), and unit specific posters.

Version 2 of the NNAP Summary report on 2022 data was published on 20 December 2023 and replaces the report published on 12 October 2023. A correction was made to the summary results by network spine plots on pages 10-11 to remove results for IVH and cPVL which were inadvertently included in the original version.

The summary report and other resources can be downloaded below.

Further information and resources

You can also download resources below.

  • Results at a glance infographic - available as a stand alone document
  • Extended analysis report on 2022 data - provides in-depth results and a summary of findings by audit measure, along with next steps and resources
  • 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 data recommendations table, including additional local quality improvement recommendations made to neonatal services as well as links to all the resources 
  • Data line of sight table - describes the evidence base for the recommendations made in this report. Download the data line of sight table below.
  • Data for all the measures from the 2022 audit year is collated into an Excel spreadsheet

Further information about the background, aims, and scope of the NNAP is available on our page, About the NNAP

Data from the audit years 2010-2021

You can view data from all the previous audit years on our website.

For parents and families

Your baby's care is the parent and carer guide to the annual report, and has been updated to cover 2022 data.

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.