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National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension

The National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension covers the care of patients treated by the pulmonary hypertension services in the eight UK centres designated by NHS England and the National Services Division, a division within NHS National Services Scotland.


The audit's 7th Annual Report was published on 23 March 2017. This report includes professionally agreed standards for the first time.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK has published a patient report based on the audit findings.

What does it measure?

The audit measures the quality of care provided to people referred to pulmonary hypertension services in England (including patients referred from Wales) and Scotland, by answering a number of questions:

· Are pulmonary hypertension services appropriate?

· Are patients receiving the right treatment in a timely manner?

· What are the outcomes for patients with pulmonary hypertension?

The audit answers these questions through the measurement of a number of professionally agreed standards reported at a national level.


Information from the audit is used by clinicians and commissioners to inform clinical practice, service development, improvement and commissioning activities.

The audit helps to inform pulmonary hypertension services which are which are nationally commissioned by NHS England and the National Services Division in Scotland.

Who manages the audit?

NHS Digital is working in collaboration with senior clinicians from the specialist centres. The National Pulmonary Hypertension Audit is commissioned by NHS England.

How to participate

There are eight designated pulmonary hypertension centres in England and Scotland and all eight are registered to participate in the audit. Centres wishing to register a new user should complete the User Registration Form under User Documents on the right of this page. The form requires Caldicott Guardian sign off.

Once the contact centre has confirmed registration, users can access the data collection system by logging onto with their SSO credentials.  Users can register a SSO by visiting

The audit is included in Quality Accounts. Only the eight designated centres need to participate. They are: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust; The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust.

Publication of the audit results

The 7th Annual Report was published on 23 March 2017. This report includes patients with a new referral between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

This audit is in the process of transitioning to an official statistic. A review of all elements of construction and publication is under way to align it with the requirements of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The production team will work in conjunction with all major stakeholders to implement the required changes over the coming year to produce the 8th NAPH Annual Report as an official statistic.

All of the audit's annual reports are available by following the link at the top right of this page.