Clinicians and clinical audit

Clinicians are at the heart of quality improvement and HQIP believes professionally led quality improvement is the centre of change in the NHS. Clinical audit in particular needs a cadre of committed, informed, trained and experienced people to drive audit practice.

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Appraisal, revalidation and clinical audit

Clinical audit is a vital source of evidence of the effectiveness of clinical practice and should be submitted as evidence at each appraisal for the purposes of revalidation. The agreed system commenced in 2012.

In 2009, through the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), HQIP supplied guidance on how clinical audit should be used as supporting information for the process. This was based on extensive work with representatives of individual colleges. 

View the HQIP/AoMRC 'Clinical Audit & Revalidation' report (2009, pdf) >

As recommended in the report, current GMC guidance states doctors should illustrate how they ‘participate and respond constructively' to clinical audit.

Specific GMC requirements on using clinical audit as part of revalidation and appraisal.

Individual royal college guidance on revalidation.

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