About the NMPA

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) is a large scale audit of the NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales. 
Using high quality data, the audit aims to evaluate a range of care processes and outcomes in order to identify good practice and areas for improvement in the care of women and babies. 

Read the answers to frequently asked questions about the NMPA here

Who is responsible for the NMPA?

The NMPA is led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

The NMPA is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) on behalf of NHS England, the Welsh Government and the Health Department of the Scottish Government.

HQIP is led by a consortium of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing, and National Voices. Its aim is to promote quality improvement in patient outcomes, and in particular, to increase the impact that clinical audit, outcome review programmes and registries have on healthcare quality.

Find out more about the NMPA Project Team and Clinical Reference Group.


The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The Royal College of Midwives
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership