National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) is being carried out by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia's (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. It is being run in conjunction with surgical and other key stakeholders.

The audit has been commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government and it is part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). NELA is on the list of national audits for inclusion in Trusts' Quality Accounts. NELA also partners with the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who provide important methodological and technical input.

The audit was established to describe and compare inpatient care and outcomes of patients undergoing emergency bowel surgery in England and Wales in order to promote Quality Improvement.

The NELA project began in December 2012 and has recently been extended to run until November 2017.

Key Dates:

May 2014: 1st Report published (organisational audit)

December 2014: 2nd year of data collection for patient audit commenced

July 2015: 2nd Report Published (1st patient audit)

December 2015: 3rd year of data collection for patient audit commenced

July 2016: 3rd Report Published (2nd Patient Audit)

October 2016: Data collection for Second Organisational Audit

December 2016: 4th year of data collection for patient audit commenced

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