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Clinical audit

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s have a Clinical Audit Team who help with all aspects of clinical audit to help drive improvements to make your care more effective. 

Audit

What is clinical audit?

The current accepted definition and endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is that,

 "Clinical Audit is a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes, through a systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change.  Aspects of the structure, processes and outcomes of care are selected and systematically evaluated against explicit criteria.  Where indicated, changes are implemented by an individual, team or service level and further monitoring is used to confirm improvement in health delivery"

Why use clinical audit?

As a quality improvement tool, audit can demonstrate that real efforts are being made by staff to deliver high quality professional care to all their patients.

According to the Department of Health’s Standards for Better Health 2004, Healthcare Organisations must ensure that “clinicians participate in regular clinical audit and reviews of clinical services

View the trust’s Clinical Audit strategy 2011/14

Clinical audit — An introduction for patients

Clinical Audit is about checking that patients are treated the right way and get the right care.

Clinical audit involves checking if the correct procedures are followed in giving patient care.

Doctors, nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals do clinical audits so they can have evidence that they are meeting standards of good practice and so they can use the information to make improvements in services.

This document gives patients an overview of the Clinical Audit process that clinicians follow to ensure quality of the service they provide.
 

Clinical audit is carried out to improve the quality of patient care. It is about checking that patients are treated the right way and get the right care. Clinical staff and managers have to take action to improve care, if a clinical audit shows the need to improve.

This document gives a patient the basic understanding of Clinical Audit Reports

How to contact us

For more information on the Clinical Audit Team please contact Gillian Mayer on 01625 661966 or email g.mayer@nhs.net

 

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