Multi-site audits are where hospitals or clinical sites (eg GP practices) based in different areas participate in a shared clinical audit.
HQIP provides funding to support the development of up to four multi-site clinical audits per year, within England. This funding is up to £10,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years.
Multisite audits often have a very different purpose from national audits; they may have an exploratory nature. Guidance and national standards in the field may not yet be formalised and the audit may be designed in part to contribute to their development, sometimes building on standards they themselves refined and use at local level or across a network of sites.
The majority of such audits have emerged from the clinical interests and enthusiasm of individual clinicians, getting together with their peers in clinical networks, often linked with larger professional organisations and societies. However they often operate within sub-specialities which the larger societies and national audits may not focus on.
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