The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) developed the National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) to provide a national resource for audit and research of eye diseases and to support the development of robust quality standards for revalidation of ophthalmologists. The project was initially seed-funded for one year from September 2009 to August 2010 by the Department for Health via the English National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy to demonstrate feasibility. The initial focus was on Diabetic Eye Disease and cataract surgery (although data were collated for all eye diseases that either had nationally agreed datasets or consistently collected structured data even in the absence of nationally agreed datasets). The pilot project succeeded in establishing the NOD and demonstrating proof of concept.


HQIP National Ophthalmology Audit, September 2014 – August 2019

In 2014, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) commissioned the RCOphth to run the first National Ophthalmology Database Audit which was funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government. The project consisted of a National Cataract Audit, feasibility studies for audits on Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment (RD) and wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as well as a feasibility study on possible future inclusion of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in the National Cataract Audit. The HQIP commissioned work covered providers of NHS funded cataract surgery in England and Wales.

The RCOphth continues to deliver the NOD audit independently from September 2019.