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

National Clinical Audit of Psychosis







What is the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP)?

The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) is a three-year improvement programme which aims to increase the quality of care that NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales provide to people with psychosis. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England, NCAP is the next phase in the development of the National Audit of Schizophrenia. The scope of the new audit has been extended to include both inpatient and community care provided for people with a broader group of severe mental health problems.

Key areas of performance will include the assessment and treatment of physical health, health promotion, prescribing practice, use of evidence-based psychological treatments and access to services at times of crisis. The audit programme will also include a more detailed examination of the quality of care provided by Early Intervention in Psychosis teams and forensic mental health services.

For all aspects of the audits, participating services will be able to compare their performance with national standards and benchmark their performance against other services.

Year 1: Core audit

The first year of the audit (2017-18) comprises an audit of practice, for which data collection has now take place. 

The core audit will examine care being provided to people with a psychosis by inpatient and outpatient services using the core audit standards, derived from the 2014 NICE schizophrenia guideline

The NCAP report will be launched on 25 June 2018 at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Year 2: Spotlight audit on EIP services

The second year of the audit (2018/19) will focus on EIP services. Data collection is expected to be in October/November 2018. 


Core audit resources

Three-year timeline



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Core audit report launch announced!

The national report will be launched on 25 June 2018, at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Birmingham:


Data entry now closed

Thank you to all those who collected and submitted data for NCAP; online data entry is now closed for all organisations. Pre-data cleaning  submission numbers have been updated on our data returns updates page.

Data cleaning queries have been generated and sent to local NCAP leads. The deadline for responses to data cleaning queries is Friday 2 February 2018.



Registration is closed. To find out if your Trust/Health Board is registered for NCAP via our registered services page.

Trusts and Health Boards will be contacted in early 2018 to sign up their EIP services for the EIP spotlight audit.