The COPD primary care audit is a key element of the overall national COPD audit programme which is administered by The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). The COPD National Primary Care Audit will allow, for the first time, data to be collected which will allow integrated assessment of the quality of services, at the level of the individual patient, across the whole of the treatment and outcome pathway.

Due to ongoing IT software issues in England, sufficient data is not able to be collected to enable GP practices in England to participate. These IT issues however do not affect Wales. As a result, HQIP has agreed to provide funding to enable the COPD primary care audit to proceed in Wales which I am sure you will agree reflects very well for Wales. You will be contacted shortly by your Local Health Board to ask you to participate in this important audit and we encourage you to agree to the automatic collection of data.

Practices who agree to participate will be able to download their own individual practice reports later this year (Dec 2015) and a national report containing aggregated information will be published in early Spring 2016. Additional options for providing information back to practises to support patient care are also being considered.

The Audit is supported by BMA & Gwent LMC

The attached link gives more details on the audit