The National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) was established under the auspices of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in 2010 to collate pseudonymised data collected as a by-product of routine clinical care using electronic medical record (EMR) systems for the purposes of national audit, research and establishing meaningful measures for revalidation.


Cat-PROM5 Pilot study

HQIP have commissioned the NOD to undertake a pilot study to assess the feasibility of possible future inclusion of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) in the NOD Cataract Audit as a patient focused outcome. Cat-PROM5 https://www.nature.com/articles/eye20181 was chosen as the PROM of choice, and electronic data collection tools have been developed. Cat-PROM5 data have been collected and analysed and a report will shortly be submitted to HQIP for approval prior to release on the NOD website.


NOD Workshop

CANCELLED - Friday, 8 November 2019 at IET Birmingham: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP

The NOD team hosted a Quality Improvement (QI) workshop in London on Thursday 24 October 2019, supported with drop-in sessions with Medisoft and Open Eyes.

The workshop covered all aspects of the NOD Audit: including the latest report outcomes and recommendations, and the future of the NOD.

A Delegate Pack containing all the presentations from the day is available in the News section of the website.

Final Reminder - Continue your Vital Participation in the National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit

Changes to the Commissioning Arrangement

Time is running out for those trusts/health boards who have not yet responded. This could result in the NOD being unable to retain historic data already contained in NOD. We are offering organisations the opportunity to save existing data after HQIP funding came to an end on 31 August 2019 – and to continue to participate in the audit going forward.

To enable continuity of service, the RCOphth require healthcare providers to return their Opt in forms to ‘opt in’ to enable the RCOphth NOD to continue to store their historic data. For any organisations that have not returned their Opt in form, their raw data will be deleted before the next data extraction and data analysis, planned for October 2019. There is no fee for this service.

To allow the RCOphth to continue to collect and analyse your cataract surgery data from 01 September 2019 onward, a Participation/Consent form is required to confirm continuity in the NOD audit.

We have received positive responses to date, and the RCOphth team hope many trusts/health boards continue to contribute to NOD to secure continuing access and contribution of important patient safety and professional learning data. 

Without formal consent, the College is unable to guarantee the retention of trust/health board’s data. We would be grateful if you could please confirm your position, either way, by completing and returning the forms by return.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact the NOD audit team via email at noa.project@rcophth.ac.uk or telephone on 020 7935 0702.

NOD Audit historic data opt-in form – Download Here