National Neonatal Audit Programme

Some babies in the UK need specialist care when they are born. They may be born too early, with a low birth weight or have a medical condition. Since 2006, our clinical audit aims to improve care to these babies.
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Save the date! NNAP Conference on 4 October 2023

Our free, hybrid event will take place at RCPCH in central London, and we hope you can join us. It's an opportunity to hear about the audit's latest results and recommendations, discuss the future direction of NNAP, get insights from neonatal teams on their QI projects and hear from speakers about developments in neonatal QI and research. More information to follow soon!
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Published in November 2022, this summary report highlights key findings and national recommendations arising from NNAP 2021 data.
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The NNAP assesses whether babies admitted to neonatal units in England, Scotland and Wales receive consistent high quality care, and identify areas for quality improvement.
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The NNAP case studies illustrate how hospitals have used the audit to identify and implement quality improvement activities - and improve patient care. These can be found on QI Central, RCPCH’s quality improvement hub.
NNAP Online is our interactive reporting tool. You can view and compare the audit's results for a specific neonatal unit or network for results since 2014.
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National Data Opt Out and National Neonatal Audit Programme

The National Data Opt Out (which allows patients in England to opt out of their information being used for purposes beyond their direct care) does not apply to NNAP. This is because applying the National Data Opt Out would introduce biases to the data and jeopardise patient safety. You can still choose for your baby’s information not to be used for the purpose of the NNAP.

For more information, click or tap to view the privacy notice for your nation.

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NNAP webinars

Our webinar on 23 November 2022, co-hosted with BAPM, was all about helping teams to improve care. We reviewed the 2021 data results, learned from one service's QI initiative and heard about a new resource to complement the perinatal optimisation toolkits.

Our webinar on 1 February 2023 looked at checking and validating your data and what you need to know.


For parents and carers - your guide to NNAP's report

We ask doctors and nurses to record data about your baby, such as temperature, screening for eye disorders and medicines, as well as consultation with you. We describe areas that are good, and that could be better. This helps hospitals, neonatal networks, and those who plan healthcare, improve care for these babies.

For more information, please see Your baby’s care, the parent and carer guide to the NNAP summary report.

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For parents and carers - enter our photo competition

Has your baby been cared for in a neonatal unit in the past three years? We're looking for photographs that tell a story about your baby's care on the neonatal unit.

Winning entrants will feature in our publications, so if you have a story to tell through your photos, get involved! The closing date is 12 June.