Quality statement 8: Data, audit and research

Quality statement

Providers of specialist neonatal services maintain accurate and complete data, and actively participate in national clinical audits and applicable research programmes.

Quality measure

Structure:

a) Evidence of a documented data validation process to ensure data completeness and accuracy.

b) Evidence of participation in national clinical audits and benchmarking.

c) Evidence of participation in applicable research studies.

Process:

a) Complete and accurate data collected for the National Neonatal Audit Programme.

b) Complete and accurate data collected for the BAPM dataset.

c) Proportion of babies receiving specialist neonatal care whose parents are invited to participate in applicable research studies.

Numerator – the number of babies whose parents are invited to participate in applicable research studies.

Denominator – the number of babies receiving specialist neonatal care.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure accuracy and completeness of specialist neonatal data collection systems and participate in national clinical audits and applicable research programmes.

Healthcare professionals accurate record keeping and data collection.

Commissioners ensure service providers participate in agreed national clinical audits and applicable research programmes.

Parents of babies receiving specialist neonatal care can expect complete and accurate information to be kept about their baby's care and for it to be used to improve care. They can also expect to be invited to participate in applicable research programmes.

Data source

Structure:

a) Local and network data collection.

b) Participation in Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health National Neonatal Audit Programme.

c) National Institute for Health Research accrual system.

Process:

a) Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health National Neonatal Audit Programme provides quarterly data completeness and accuracy reports to participating sites.

b) Data completeness and accuracy figures of BAPM dataset submissions.