National Diabetes Audit

Your GP practice is taking part in the National diabetes Audit (NDA).  The NDA collects information from GP practices and hospitals.  This information helps the NHS to improve care.  The use of NDA information is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality.  The NDA is managed by NHS Digital (formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre)) working with Diabetes UK and Public Health England.


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 result and results of HbA1c.  The NDA is not a research project.

The NDA collects information on:

  • How many peopke with diabetes are registered at the GP practice
  • Whether people with diabetes are receiving the annual healthcare checks
  • Whether people with diabetes acheive the national target for glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Whether people with diabetes with a learning disability or severe and enduring mental health problem are receiving 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, date of birth and postcode are also collected.  Your name and address are NOT collected.


The type of information used in the audit is listed on the NHS Digital website at:


How is the information used?

NHS digital will use your NHS number and date of birth to link information that is collected from the GP practice to other information recorded by the NHS or NHS Digital relating to your diabetes care.  Once your information has been linked, your NHS number and date of birth are removed.  So, all your information is then annonymised.


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 standards and follow the laws on the protection of personal data.


Saying ‘no thanks’

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, GP 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.