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
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
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
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).