This report presents the findings of the first National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS), one of only three audits in the National Programme on Mental Health.
Approximately 220,000 people in England and Wales have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. It is an illness which commonly severely restricts an individual’s life, varies considerably in outcome between individuals and is associated with premature mortality. In 2007 it accounted for approximately 30% of the total expenditure on adult mental health and social care services.
The aim of this audit was to examine how far ‘NICE Guideline on Core Interventions in the Treatment and Management of Schizophrenia in Adults’ (NICE CG82, 2009) is being implemented and to stimulate improvements in the care and treatment of adults in the community with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
The audit particularly focuses on the satisfaction of service users and carers with the services offered to them, prescribing practice, psychological interventions offered and the quality of monitoring of physical health for these service users.
- Full National report 2012 (England and Wales) – includes findings from the audit and the full recommendations.
- Executive summary 2012 (England and Wales) – contains the key national findings and summary of recommendations.
- National Audit of Schizophrenia: What you need to know – a report presenting findings from the audit in plain English, which has been compiled by Rethink Mental Illness and NAS.
- National Audit of Schizophrenia: Easy read version – an accessible version of the national report compiled by Mencap.