The National Consultant Information Programme

An introduction from Professor Sir Norman Williams, Programme Chair of NCIP, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and former President of the College of Royal Surgeons.

Welcome to the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP). NCIP provides access to rich objective activity and outcomes data via a free, secure online portal supporting surgical quality improvement and consultant learning and development.

This unique service provides a single point of access to locally and nationally benchmarked NHS surgical data for consultants, Medical Directors, Responsible Officers and specialty Clinical Leads.

The ambition is to develop NCIP into a single repository covering the whole practice of a consultant, across the NHS and private sector.

How NCIP can support you?

NCIP is a versatile tool that can be applied to different aspects of your role, whether that’s as a consultant, Medical Director, Responsible Officer or Clinical Lead, NCIP can support you with:

  • Appraisal and re-validation
  • Learning and development
  • Clinical governance
  • Quality improvement
  • Leadership and oversight
  • Evidencing excellence
  • Tracking innovative and HVLC procedures
  • Research and audit

Clinically led

A founding principle of NCIP is that it is a resource for the profession, led by the profession. The programme’s consultant Clinical Leads work in partnership with GIRFT, specialty associations and sub-specialty associations to develop content in the portal. NCIP has the support of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations as a tool that can support consultant learning and development.

Portal content

The metrics for key procedures have been carefully chosen by NCIP Clinical Leads to reflect practice in each specialty. Once logged in to the portal, you can expect to:

  • View quality based, benchmarked indicators such as; length of stay, day case rates, conversion rates, readmissions, complication and revision rates and mortality
  • View diagnoses and procedures for each patient, included readmission episodes
  • Apply filters to view metrics for a specific diagnosis, procedure or surgical approach
  • Demographic data such as co-morbidity scores, deprivation levels and ethnicity, providing an enriched picture of population variation

Content is available to view now for the following specialties:  

  • ENT
  • General surgery – Upper GI and Lower GI
  • Gynaecology
  • Neurosurgery
  • OMFS
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Cardiology and cardiac surgery are in development and will be included in a future phase of content release.  

The latest NCIP portal developments

  • The portal has now been integrated into the Model Health System. Allowing you to view GIRFT and NCIP metrics on the same platform.
  • The new ‘Clinical Lead’ profile is live, supporting Clinical Leads in their leadership and service management responsibilities.


New content for Q4 2023/24 

  • Orthopaedics benefits from 19 new dashboards covering multiple joint locations. Each dashboard has been created with the ability to filter for a particular diagnosis, sub-procedure or body region. All orthopaedics dashboards have been enhanced with metrics to indicate the presence of diabetes, obesity and inflammatory arthritis.
  • Paediatric orthopaedics benefits from 5 new dashboards including procedures for neoplasms and bone fixation.

Supporting elective care recovery

The NCIP portal assists the GIRFT High Volume, Low Complexity (HVLC) programme by providing dashboards for specific HVLC procedures across 30+ specialty pathways. Helping to track the delivery of these pathways at an individual and unit level.

Data sources

Content is developed from readily available and routinely collected sources. The primary data source is Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), content is pseudonymised at individual level and refreshed every quarter. The NCIP content development team is also working on incorporation of trust theatre data, clinical audit and registries’ data to enhance the data tool.

(See below for ‘how do I sign up’ if you are not an existing NCIP user)

National Consultant Information Programme: orthopaedic surgery launch event

Thursday 22nd February 2024

Hosted by Sir Norman Williams, Chair of NCIP,  Professor Tim Briggs, and Deborah Higgs (joint NCIP clinical leads for orthopaedics) will explore the benefits of the NCIP portal for orthopaedic surgeons. 

National Consultant Information Programme: orthopaedic surgery launch event

22nd February 2024

National Consultant Information Programme: paediatric surgery launch event

6th February 2024

National Consultant Information Programme: vascular surgery launch event

15th January 2024

National Consultant Information Programme: new look, new features

24th October 2023

The portal can only be accessed by individual consultants, Responsible Officers, Medical Directors (and their delegates) and specialty clinical leads via a personal login. Individual consultant data will not be available for external publication.

Due to low number suppression for confidentiality reasons, you will be eligible for access to the portal once you have completed 6 or more of any procedure that NCIP covers. We are working to remove this requirement.

If you would like to activate your account, please email the team at

"It is essential that surgeons audit their own performance so as to strive constantly to provide better care and to inform shared decision making with their patients, particularly in relation to surgical outcomes. The National Consultant Information Programme portal gives surgeons direct access to their own data, which also helps to support the appraisal and revalidation process."
Tim Mitchell
President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
"The Academy and the Medical Royal Colleges fully support hospital consultants having access to meaningful information and outcomes data on which to compare themselves with national benchmarks to support their learning and development which will, in turn, improve patient care. We believe that understanding their data will assist clinicians in their natural drive to improve standards and the quality of care. Colleges have been involved in the development of NCIP from an early stage and support its continuing development."
Professor Dame
Carrie MacEwen
Former Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
"It is every surgeon's responsibility to know, to really know, their results and outcomes. We need accurate data to see how we compare with our colleagues and national standards. In this way we can continuously refine surgery for our patients. The National Consultant Information Programme is a brilliant desktop aid, providing up to date and accurate information, which will help us to be an example when we do well, and recognise where we need to improve. The art and practice of surgery is all about life-long learning and that is not possible without good quality outcome data."
Professor Neil Mortensen
Past president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England