National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE)

NHS England Announcement – National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE)

NHS England currently obtains independent advice from the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE).  NAGCAE was established in 2008 to provide policy and strategic advice on clinical audit, national confidential enquiries and other issues, and has made a clear contribution to reinvigorating clinical audit in England. In that time NAGCAE has supported the expansion of national clinical audit into more areas of clinical care, the profile of audit has been raised, its value at national and strategic level has increased and its ability to stimulate local quality improvement has strengthened. This gives us a firm platform from which to maximise national clinical audit’s role in quality improvement even further. We would like to thank NAGCAE members for the part they have played in accomplishing this.

Several circumstances have changed since the inception of NAGCAE: a commissioner of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) has been appointed (the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership – HQIP); NHS England has established a small group of clinical advisors to advise on matters such as clinical audit policy and strategy; and we have seen greater clarity about national clinical priorities with the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View and NHS England’s business plan. All of these things mean that NHS England’s need for independent advice on clinical audit has changed.

A decision has been taken, therefore, to dissolve the NAGCAE and focus much more on obtaining expert advice specifically to the NCAPOP in areas such as commissioning clinical audit for best value, identifying and exploiting opportunities to support quality improvement, methodological development and patient and public participation, amongst other things and independent advice will be sought by HQIP accordingly.


Read the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries minutes.

Annual Reports

Documents and Guidance

June 2013: Chief Quality Officer: a new executive member of Trust Boards

In response to the suggestion in February 2013 ‘Audit staff in Trusts: recommendations for reinvigoration’ of the need to strengthen quality management on Trust Boards, an outline of the skills, knowledge and role of Chief Quality Officers was produced.

February 2013: Audit staff in Trusts – recommendations for reinvigoration

NAGCAE has made recommendations to NHS England on how the role of audit staff could be improved in Trusts.

January 2011: Outliers Guidance

NCAAG, supported by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), has made recommendations, accepted by the Department of Health on the Detection and Management of Outliers identified through national clinical audits.

November 2010: Guidance on Data linkage between National Clinical Audits and other databases

NCAAG, working collaboratively with the NHS Information Centre, the Office for National Statistics and the Ethics and Confidentiality Committee of the National Information Governance Board, has prepared guidance on “Data linkage between national clinical audits and other databases at individual patient level”.

Contact NAGCAE

NAGCAE secretariat: Liz Smith & Anna Kisielewska
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
45 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AE
Telephone: 020 7469 2500

NAGCAE information

Read the background, membership and terms of reference of NAGCAE.