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The National COPD Audit is moving to continuous, prospective data collection in February 2017

As of February 2017, the National COPD audit will be moving to continuous collection of clinical data, so aligning with other National Audits such as Stroke. Data will be entered via a new web-tool to enable real-time reporting, a process that has proved a key driver of Quality Improvement in in other National Audits such as stroke and myocardial infarction. A much-reduced COPD dataset will be used and a consultation on the content will be held soon. One or more of the indicators may form the basis of a COPD Best Practice Tariff expected to be introduced in 2017. Participation in the COPD Audit will be a requisite of Trust Quality Accounts and a cross-sectional spot audit of COPD care organisation and resourcing will also be undertaken later in 2017, one Section of which will be devoted to COPD Improvement plans made since the 2014 audit round.

The COPD Audit Programme is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and continues to be led by the Royal College of Physicians, in association with the British Thoracic Society, the British Lung Foundation, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.


You need do nothing other than ensure your clinical colleagues and Audit Department are aware of this development; consider the logistics of collecting continuous COPD exacerbation data and discuss the practicalities of how to achieve successful prospective data collection with colleagues who undertake the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). Ensure you have a COPD Improvement plan in place, based on the 2014 audit. We are also writing separately to Trust Chief Executives, Medical Directors and Audit Leads to inform them of this significant change. Should you wish to know more about the COPD audit, or be involved as a potential pilot site as we test the new software, do please feel free to contact us at

National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(COPD) Audit Programme,
Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit,
Care Quality Improvement Department,
Royal College of Physicians,
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park,London, NW1 4LE

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