Topic Submission

Those wishing to submit a study proposal should complete the study proposal form and return it to NCEPOD.

Please click here to download the study proposal form.
Deadline for submission: 9:00am 8th March 2024

Topics for the Medical & Surgical Clinical Outcome Review Programme can be suggested by anyone who suspects there is a concern about the quality of care being provided to patients. The open call for topics ensures that all voices are heard, which may include policymakers, patients, health care professionals and funding bodies. The confidential enquiry method used provides a systematic process of multidisciplinary review of all or a sample of defined cases occurring in a defined period of time. Comparisons of care are made against guidelines or best practice where guidelines have not been developed. The review aim is to assess the quality of care provided in each case so as to inform future practice and improvements in care which may make a difference to future outcomes.

Study proposals to NCEPOD should therefore be in a topic relevant to the current clinical environment and should have the potential to contribute original work to the subject – please suggest topics that are different from recently published NCEPOD reports or add new learning to past reports (details or all published reports can be found at

To give you an idea of the breadth of coverage, recent studies undertaken by NCEPOD have been:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Sepsis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Provision of Mental Health Care
  • Non invasive ventilation
  • Cancer in children and young people
  • Chronic neurodisability
  • Young people's mental health
For a completed example form please see the non-invasive ventilation submission here.

For more detailed information about the topic submission process and how it is carried out, please see the protocol document here.

Completed forms should be submitted electronically to or submitted using the form below.

Topic Selection submission
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