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You can access NNAP data for the audit years 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 on NNAP Online. Data are presented at unit and network level.

Because not all neonatal units have been included in the audit for the whole of this time (for example Scottish units joined the audit in 2015) you may find that data are not available for a unit for a given year. If you have any questions about this, please contact the NNAP team at: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk.

You can access the full details of the NNAP audit measures and standards via the NNAP web pages at: www.rcpch.ac.uk/nnap.

In the 2017 data report, we report outlier analysis and main report measures using a “no imputation” approach. By this we mean that rates of adherence to standards, or rates of clinical outcomes are described for the babies where the outcome is known. Numbers of patients with missing data are presented alongside clinical data.

This means that the 2017 results may not be directly comparable with results from 2016, 2015 and 2104 as displayed in the annual report, unit and network data sections and poster downloads. In previous years missing data were counted as negative outcomes or non-adherence to standards.

All outlier data and longitudinal outlier data are reported using the “no imputation” approach for all years, so are comparable.

You can use the longitudinal outlier analysis section to consider change in unit and network performance for the following measures; Antenatal steroids; Temperature on admission; Consultation with parents; ROP screening; Antenatal magnesium sulphate; Breastmilk feeding at discharge; Two-year follow-up.

You can read more about the longitudinal outlier analysis methodology here: SAP

The audit currently includes 12 of the 15 neonatal units in Scotland. There are currently three Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) in Scotland; West of Scotland, South East and Tayside, and North of Scotland. In line with recommendations made in The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland, Scotland will shortly be moving to a single neonatal network; pending this, and in agreement with the three existing networks, the NNAP reports Scottish unit data as a single network.

Rates of encephalopathy are published for health boards and trusts in England, Scotland and Wales which may be of use in supporting local investigation of cases of encephalopathy. All results for this measure are reported by trust/health board of birth.

The denominator data for this measure are live births greater than 34 weeks gestational age by trust/health board. It is currently not possible to generate unit level encephalopathy rates due to lack of denominator data at hospital level in England and Wales. At the time of analysis, denominator data was not available for the current audit year, so rates are published for the three-year period up to the end of the previous audit year.

For full details on the NNAP 2017 outlier methodology and results please visit the NNAP web pages at: www.rcpch.ac.uk/nnap.

You can access copies of previous NNAP annual reports, including the parent/carer guide ‘Your baby’s care’, via the NNAP web pages at: www.rcpch.ac.uk/nnap.

Yes, once you have chosen to view the annual summary results for any given network or unit via the Annual reports section of NNAP Online you will see an option for downloading a pdf report version of the results at the top left hand side by clicking on the link titled "Download all data below as a PDF". You also have an option to download the results in a csv/excel format by clicking on the link titled "Download table as CSV data".

Please select the ‘unit poster’ tab within the blue column on the left hand side of the page, select the year then your unit name from the drop-down list, then select ‘download PDF of poster’. Don’t forget to download poster two and the briefing guide.

Due to rounding of the data to the nearest whole number, there may be a shortfall in the total combined value displayed within the graphs of 1%, or in very rare situations 2%.

No, he results that are available to view in NNAP Online are of an aggregated unit, network, unit type and national level. You can find out more about the information we use in the NNAP here: Your baby's information

Please contact the team via email at: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk or call the team on 0207 092 6170.