Education and training
Curricula and standards for education in clinical audit
Standards and Curricula for Clinical Audit Learning and Development, published March 2012, are part of our ongoing objectives to develop clinicians' skills and commitment to audit and championing professionalisation for quality improvement staff in health and social care.
These take the form of three extensive documents: ‘Standards for Clinical Audit Learning and Development', which outlines six standards that form the central tenets for education in clinical audit, and then two tools allowing professionals to create their own educational packages: ‘Clinical Audit Learning & Development Curriculum Guidance (Foundation)' and ‘Clinical Audit Learning & Development Curriculum Guidance (Advanced)'.
HQIP believes that the application of these standards for clinical audit learning and development programmes can provide assurance to:
- Training providers - that their clinical audit learning and development programmes will meet the needs of sponsoring employers and organisations
- Potential learners - as a way of checking that prospective programmes meet their learning needs in clinical audit
- Commissioners - that the clinical audit programmes they commission meet a recognised level
- Organisations and managers - as a way of checking that clinical audit training meets the needs of their staff and organisation
The standards could also be used by:
- Academic institutions - as a means to assess the quality of proposed programmes and courses alongside their pre-existing accreditation and quality assurance processes
- Accreditation bodies - who may wish to incorporate these standards into their existing quality assurance arrangements.
The standards have been designed to be applicable to clinical audit training and development programmes at an advanced level. However, they can be applied to any clinical audit programme, for example, clinical audit training for foundation doctors, with the understanding that full compliance across all the standards and criteria may not be achievable in all areas.
Selected standards may be applied to shorter programmes and training interventions, for example, to meet clinical audit training requirement in undergraduate training.The six standards on clinical audit learning and development programmes covering the following: Content; Management of teaching and resources; Selection, access and quality; Assessment of learner progress; Evaluation of the overall programme; Evidence of impact.
Each standard includes a statement of the goal to be achieved for the subject of the standard, criteria and guidance for applying the standard:
Each standard is underpinned by a set of criteria. Criteria are cross referenced as appropriate and have been set out in a format that can be used as a template for assessment. Criteria have been selected to meet the following characteristics:
Measurable: both by individuals implementing the criteria and by those measuring compliance against them
Achievable: the standards are realistic and practical
Flexible: so that they can be amended for different methods of training provision (e.g. classroom, distance or e-learning) and at all levels as appropriate
Acceptable: representing a consensus of currently accepted practice
Adaptable: non-prescriptive, so they can be implemented in accordance with local needs
Nationally applicable: offering a common framework against which all providers within the UK can be assessed
Please see the list below of clinical audit courses HQIP is aware of which are open to staff from organisations outside of the provider involved (NB: HQIP does not offer endorsement of any of these courses).
Known clinical audit training providers >>
Details of Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Clinical Audit) at Keele University >>
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