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National Ophthalmology Database Audit

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has been commissioned by the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government to manage the National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). The NOD audit was initially funded for 3 years from September 2014 to August 2017 and this has now been extended for a further two years from September 2017 to August 2019.

The NOD Audit prospectively collects, collates and analyses a standardised, nationally agreed cataract surgery dataset from all centres providing NHS cataract surgery in England & Wales to update benchmark standards of care and provide a powerful quality improvement tool.

National Ophthalmology Audit report on cataract surgery July 2018

The first prospective National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit report on cataract surgery in England and Wales was published on 9 August 2018. The full report and the key summary findings are available on the NOD website.

The report, which includes data on 183,812 eligible cataract operations, shows a 30% reduction in the unadjusted Posterior Capsule Rupture (PCR) rate from 2.0% in 2010 to 1.4% in 2016-2017 which equates to around 2,500 less complications annually.

The audit is currently collecting data for the third prospective audit period which will run from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018.

For more information, please visit www.nodaudit.org.uk or contact the NOD project team via email noa.project@rcophth.ac.uk.

National Ophthalmology Audit feasibility reports for glaucoma, retinal detachment surgery and Age-related Macular Degeneration March 2018

In 2014, HQIP commissioned a National Ophthalmology Audit which included three feasibility studies for electronic audits in AMD, glaucoma and retinal detachment surgery, in addition to the main focus of the National Audit which was for cataract surgery. The reports were published on 22 March 2018 and are available on the NOD website.