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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

National Audit of Schizophrenia

What is the National Audit of Schizophrenia?

The National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) is an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI). It is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).


Participating in NAS enables clinicians who treat people with schizophrenia in the community to assess the quality of their prescribing of antipsychotic drugs and of their monitoring of  patients’ physical health. It also supports them to monitor patients’ experience of treatment and its outcome plus carers’ satisfaction with information and support.

Local services can compare their performance with national standards and to benchmark with other services. In addition, they can identify what they do well and where there is potential to improve. Wide participation in the audit also creates an overview of the quality of care being provided nationally.

It is expected that all Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales who provide community based care and treatment to service users with schizophrenia will participate in NAS.

The second round of audit

All eligible Trusts and Health Boards in England and Wales have signed up to the second round of audit (participating organisations). The full national report will be published on 10 October 2014, and participating organisations will receive their individual data shortly afterwards.


Background and standards

Information about the benefits of joining the audit and background information to NAS.


Second round of audit


FAQ page, including information on:

  • Sampling
  • HbA1C converter




National report from the first round of audit, including executive summary, lay person and easy read versions.


Contact us 

If you have any questions, or need more information, then please contact one of the team. Alternatively you may find it useful to visit the NAS forum.


NAS Timeline
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Round two national report launch to will take place on Friday 10 October 2014 in America Square

Update on regional learning events for participating Trusts and Health Boards

Visit our returns page to see the final number of returns received from your Trust/ Health Board


Download the 2014 update of the Lester UK adaptation of the Cardiometabolic Heath Resource

From the NAS resources page


New report date:

The national report for the second round of audit will be released on World Mental Heath Day: Friday 10 October 2014


Online data entry - DEADLINE HAS PASSED

(Data entry deadline - 29 November 2013)


NAS blog