National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA)

Early referral for foot ulcers is essential, results from the UK Foot Care Audit Show

Read the full report here: NDFA Report 

The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA) is part of the National Diabetes Audit programme (NDA).The NDA is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) following advice to the Department of Health from the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE). The NDA is delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), in partnership with Diabetes UK and the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (part of Public Health England).

The first cycle of the NDFA includes data on over 5,000 people presenting with a new diabetic foot ulcer episode between 14 July 2014 and 10 April 2015. Almost 130 clinical foot care teams participated and 129 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Local Health Boards (LHBs) contributed to the NDFA Structures Survey. Although estimated case ascertainment is low (10 per cent), the data collected in the first nine months of the new audit has provided a valuable initial insight into the links between the structures and processes of care and the clinical outcomes of people with diabetic foot ulcers in England and Wales.