National Audit of Schizophrenia 1st report 2012

Report of the National Audit of SchizophreniaThis 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.