Improving the quality of patient care
Clinical Audit is a way of finding out whether the quality of
our services meets defined standards. These standards might
be national guidelines from organisations such as NICE (National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence) or the Royal
Colleges for various healthcare professions, or they might be
from local Trust protocols.
Clinical audit projects can provide healthcare organisations
with data to assure them of good practice, or to highlight areas
where there is a need for improvement. Audit meetings take
place in specialties throughout the Trust, allowing healthcare
staff the opportunity to discuss how change could be made and to
take positive action to enable this. Clinical Audit can be
viewed as a cycle, with further "re-audit" confirming whether
changes have been effective.
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