The BTS audit programme offers 9 national clinical audits covering both adult and paediatric respiratory disease.
Access the BTS Audit System
The audit system is hosted on a separate secure website and users are required to register for access - log in or register here
National Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia Audit 2018/19
The BTS National Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Audit will run for a sixth time this winter. Previous BTS CAP audits have identified deficiencies and variation in care, and we intend to further investigate outcomes and variation of care in this round by linking data from the audit to HES and ONS data held by NHS Digital.
We have received approval from the Health Research Authority Confidential Advisory Group (CAG) under Section 251 of the NHS Act 2006 to collect patient identifiable data without consent in England and Wales. A copy of the approval letter and audit documentation are available below.
National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP)
BTS is a partner in the NACAP programme, which includes audits of COPD, adult and paediatric asthma, and pulmonary rehabilitation. BTS will not run any national asthma audits for the duration of the NACAP programme. Read more
Changes to how BTS collects and reports audit data
In April 2018, BTS introduced a Clinical Data Policy setting out how we manage data collected through the BTS Audit Programme and other projects. The Policy allows for more transparent reporting of audit data, and includes an outlier management policy. A policy for sharing national audit data with appropriate third parties will follow later in 2018. The full Clinical Data Policy including audit system T&Cs and the Outlier Policy is available here.
National Audits and Quality Accounts
BTS audits have designated national audit periods when all eligible institutions are encouraged to participate (see below for the current programme). Outside of these periods, all BTS audit are available for local use, to allow users to compare their data with the national picture or previous audit periods.
Some BTS audits are included in the NHS England Quality Accounts List - please see the HQIP and Quality Accounts links (right) for further details.
BTS Audit Timetable 2018/19 and 2019/20
|Name of Audit||Audit Period||Opening/Closing Date for data entry|
|National Adult CAP Audit - open||1/12/2018 - 31/1/2019||1/12/2018 - 31/5/2019|
|National Adult NIV Audit - open||1/2/2019 - 31/3/2019||1/2/2019 - 30/6/2019|
|National Smoking Cessation Audit||1/7/2019 - 31/8/2019||1/7/2019 - 31/10/2019|
|National Pleural Procedures Audit||Last ran 2014, not running in 2019/20|
|National Emergency Oxygen Audit||Last ran 2015, not running in 2019/20|
|National Paediatric Asthma Audit||Last ran 2015, not running in 2019/20|
|National Adult Asthma Audit||Last ran 2016, not running in 2019/20|
|National Paediatric Pneumonia Audit||Last ran 2016, not running in 2019/20|
|National Adult Bronchoscopy Audit||Last ran 2017, not running in 2019/20|
|National Paediatric Bronchiectasis Audit||Last ran 2017, not running in 2019/20|
|National Adult Bronchiectasis Audit||Last ran 2017, not running in 2019/20|