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Clinical audit

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.

More information can be found by visiting the main pages of the Clinical Audit Department.