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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Published in October 2023, this summary report highlights key findings and national recommendations arising from the NNAP 2022 data (Photo courtesy of Maddy & Baljit Singh)
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The audit 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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Our short animated film is designed introduce the audit to parents and carers. It outlines how the NNAP works and signposts to further information and sources of support.
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These illustrate how hospitals have used the audit to identify and implement quality improvement activities - and improve patient care. They are published on QI Central, RCPCH’s quality improvement hub.
Our new interactive dashboard shows data on the 10 NNAP performance metrics, and will be updated each quarter. You can view results by neonatal unit, Integrated Care System / Health Board (Wales and Scotland) and neonatal network.
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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.

For parents and carers - 'Your baby's care', 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.