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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This free, hybrid event will take place at RCPCH in central London and online. 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.
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Published in November 2022, this summary report highlights key findings and national recommendations arising from NNAP 2021 data. (Photo of Olivia-Grace courtesy of Danielle Benedict)
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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Data dashboard

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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National Data Opt Out and NNAP

To ensure we do not introduce biases to our audit's data, 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.

Our privacy notices outline how we use your baby's information for our audit. They explain how you can choose that your baby’s information not be used for NNAP.


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.