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The Voice For Breast Surgery in the UK
ABS ~ Association of Breast Surgery


A national audit of provision and outcomes of mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery for women in England and Wales.

The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit was commissioned and funded by the Healthcare Commission to assess and improve the quality of care provided to women with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. The audit evaluated the care process and measure treatment outcomes for these women. 

What were the aims of the audit?

The audit:

  • described provision of and access to breast reconstruction in England and Wales
  • evaluated current clinical practice in mastectomy and breast reconstruction
  • measured outcomes following mastectomy with or without reconstruction
  • assessed the quality of information provided to women undergoing mastectomy and their satisfaction with the reconstructive choices made.

Who carried out the audit?

The audit was conducted by a team of specialist clinicians and auditors from:

  • the Association of Breast Surgery (Lead Breast Surgeon - Jerome Pereira)
  • the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Lead Plastic Surgeon - Chris Caddy)
  • the Royal College of Nursing (Lead Specialist Nurse - Carmel Sheppard)
  • the National Clinical Audit Support Programme (NCASP) of The Information Centre for health and social care
  • the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit  produced 4 Annual Reports.  To view the reports please  click here.

For more information about the audit, please visit the main project website

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