National Diabetes Audit

This GP Practice is taking part in an important national project about people at risk of diabetes and diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

If you have diabetes, non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes, your GP Practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of condifentiality and security.

Taking part in the NDA Shows that this GP practice is committed to reducing diabetes and improving care for people with diabetes.

How your information is used to help improve diabetes care.

What information about you is collected?
The NDA only uses information about your diabetes care that is already recorded. For example, type of diabetes, latest blood pressure and results of HbA1c results. The NDA is not a research project. No extra blood tests, appointments or scans are needed.

  • The NDA collects information on:
    How many people with diabetes are registered at the GP practice or clinic
    Whether people with diabetes are receiving the annual health checks
    Whether people with diabetes achieve the national targets for glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol.
    Whether people with diabetes with a learning disability receive the same level of care
    Whether people with diabetes who have a severe and enduring mental health problem receive the same level of care
    How many people use an insulin pump, why they use a pump and how well it is working

Your NHS number (everyone has a unique number that is used by the NHS), date of birth and postcode are also collected. We explain below how this information is used. The type of information used in the audit is listed on the NHS Digital website at http://content.digital.nhs.uk/nda

How is the information used?

To get a complete picture of diabetes care, we will also link this information to other health information.  NHS Digital will use your NHS number and date of birth to link information that is collected from your GP practice, or diabetes clinic, to other information recorded by the NHS and NHS Digital relating to your diabetes care.

Specifically, the information is linked to:

  • The Hospital Episode Statistics database for England which includes information on any outpatient appointments, visits to A&E and other hospital admissions.  This will help us understand how many people with diabetes develop health problems, such a heart disease or stroke.
  • A national register of deaths collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).  This will give us information about those people who have died.
  • Other diabetic audits, such as National Paediatric Diabetes Audit, the National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit, The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit and the National Diabetes Footcare Audit.  This will help us provide a detailed picture of the care received by people with diabetes across different health services.

Once your information has been linked, your NHS number and date of birth are removed.  So, all your information is then anonymised.

The information about you is studied along with the information from all other diabetes services in England and Wales.  We produce national and local reports, including one for each GP practice and diabetes service.  Reports never identify individuals.

All the reports are available on the NDA website.  Any easy read summary report is also available from Diabetes UK’s website www.diabetes.org.uk/NDA-reports.

How will your information be kept safe?

There are very strict rules about what happens to your information.  NHS Digital has special legal permission to handle individual patient data for clinical audits.  They must keep to very strict security and confidentiality laws on the protection of personal data.

Information about individuals is available only to a very small number of specially restricted staff at NHS Digital.  They use a secure password protected system to look at and analyse the information.

NDA data may be shared for research purposes.  But only if this allowed by law and meets the strict rules that are in place to protect your privacy.

Information that collected by the NDA will never be passed on or sold onto organisations that could profit from it.

Saying ‘no thanks’

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist or nurse.  They will make sure that this is noted on your medical records, so your information is not included.  This will not affect your care in any way.

Further information –

If you would like more information about the National Diabetes Audit, ask your Doctor or Nurse.  You can also contact NHS Digital:

Email: diabetes@nhs.net

Telephone: 0300 303 5678

Website: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/nda

Address: Clinical Audits & Registries, Management Service, NHS Digital, 1Trevelyan Square,Boar Lane, LeedsLS1 6AE