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Quality audits

We continually compare the quality of care in Newcastle Hospitals with the best standards in the country. This type of investigation is called a clinical audit.

Clinical audit helps us ensure that our hospitals are safe places in which to be cared for. It also means that any developments, improvements and innovations can be highlighted in the audit and made available to our patients.

Audit reports across the Trust

Each of our clinical services produces annual clinical audit reports. The reports outline the service’s activity relating to national and local priorities. There is a major emphasis on audit outcomes which help us to make changes to improve our patients’ experience.

We give priority to the comparison of standards of care against external benchmarks, such as guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

National audits and investigations

We also take part in a range of nationally-organised audits and investigations  to compare the quality of care and procedures carried out in hospitals. These help inform our local action to improve the patient experience and outcomes. These audits include:

*Denotes those audits included in the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.


  • Adult community acquired pneumonia
  • Adult critical care
  • Emergency use of oxygen
  • National emergency laparotomy audit*
  • National Joint Registry*
  • National Vascular Registry*
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Paracetamol overdose (care provided in Emergency Departments)
  • Severe sepsis and septic shock
  • Severe trauma

Blood and transplant

  • National comparative audit of blood transfusion
  • Renal replacement therapy (Renal Registry)


  • Bowel cancer*
  • Head and neck oncology*
  • Lung cancer*
  • Oesophago-gastric cancer*


  • Acute coronary syndrome or acute myocardial infarction*
  • Adult cardiac surgery audit*
  • Cardiac arrhythmia*
  • Congenital heart disease*
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Heart failure*
  • National cardiac arrest audit
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Long-term conditions

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease*
  • Diabetes (Adult)*
  • Diabetes (paediatric)*
  • Inflammatory bowel disease*
  • Moderate or severe asthma in children (Care provided in Emergency Departments)
  • National audit of seizure management
  • Rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis*

Older People

  • Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme including National Fracture Database*
  • Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme*


  • Elective surgery (National PROMs Programme)

Mental health

  • National audit of dementia*

Women’s and children’s health

  • Epilepsy 12 audit (Childhood Epilepsy)*
  • Neonatal intensive and special care*
  • Paediatric asthma
  • Paediatric intensive care*

Other national audits include Clinical Outcome review Programme:

  • National review of asthma deaths
  • Child health programme*
  • Maternal, infant and newborn clinical outcome review programme*
  • National Confidential Enquiry into patient Outcome and Death*

More information

To find out more about these national audits, go to the Health Quality Improvement Partnership website.

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