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

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

Participation forms – future participation in the RCOphth NOD Audit

Final call - We are still accepting Participation/Consent forms until Friday 13 December 2019. To secure future participation for the next round of data extractions – scheduled for mid-January 2020 – all centres wishing to participate must return all completed paperwork: Participation form and formal purchase order.

Confirmation that your centre is included in the next round of data extractions will be secured by the issue and receipt of a signed Data Sharing Agreement.

NOTE: Without a signed data sharing agreement, we will be unable to accept centres in the next audit round. Please ensure that all paperwork has been returned before the final deadline of 13 December 2019 to enable all EMR providers and independent centres to prepare for January’s data extraction.

Opt in forms – retain historic data

We have now closed the register for organisations to submit their Opt in forms to save historic and existing data following the cessation of HQIP funding on 31 August 2019.

Thank you to all centres for your confirmations.

We would be grateful if you could please confirm your position, either way, by completing and returning all applicable 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.