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 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.

For parents and carers - what does NNAP do?

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.

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