Over the last 30 years NCEPOD has published upwards of 50 reports, each with their own recommendations to improve the delivery of care for patients. The Common Themes report highlighted recommendations that appeared repeatedly over many reports, such as; consultant and multidisciplinary review and trainee doctor supervision. Historical NCEPOD recommendations relating to early reviews of surgical mortality resulted in dedicated emergency theatres called ‘CEPOD’ theatres which are now a prominent feature of many UK hospitals.
Following publication of a report NCEPOD creates a series of implementation tools which can be used in local quality improvement projects. NCEPOD defines its impact as any effect arising following the publication of a report, and this is continually monitored to see both short-term and long- term effects. NCEPOD assesses its impact through social media engagement (Twitter and YouTube), Local hospital QI projects and national system changes. Please contact with examples of local initiatives, as we are always interested in hearing about the impact of our recommendations.
The relevance and impact of each NCEPOD report has demonstrated change linked to their recommendations in many, and a variety, of settings, recent examples include:

  • Medical and Surgical Review Outcome Programme Impact
    • ‘On the right Course?’ Cancer in Children, Teens and Young Adults (2018)
      1. - Recommendations from this report have been included in the service specification for cancer care in young people
        - Cancer Research UK has begun work to develop national Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy consent forms
    • ‘Highs and Lows’, Perioperative Diabetes (2018)
      1. - The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit has been amended to include this report’s recommendations
        - The Royal College of Anaesthetists developed a Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) which alongside other goals, aims to develop a national pathway focussed multidisciplinary guidelines
    • ‘Failure to Function’, Acute Heart Failure (2018)
      1. - The Scottish Heart Failure Hub drives improvement in compliance with NCEPOD
    • ‘Inspiring Change’, Non-Invasive Ventilation (2017)
      1. - Based on this report's recommendations; from 1st April 2020 a new OPCS code has been introduced to code CPAP (E85.6 Continuous positive airway pressure) separately from BIPAP patients
        - This report also informed the British Thoracic Society’s 2018 Quality Standards for acute non-invasive ventilation in adults

  • Child Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme Impact
    • ‘Mental healthcare in young people and young adults’ (2019)
      1. - Significant engagement with NHS England on the development of the young people’s mental health report to ensure that it is in line with national policy
    • ‘Each and Every Need’, Chronic Neurodisability (2018)
      1. - Joint working with numerous partner organisations on long-term ventilation to ensure consistency across projects – presentations and meetings are already being planned to elicit a joined up approach to the report recommendations