Multi-site audits are where hospitals or clinical sites (eg GP practices) based in different areas participate in a shared clinical audit.
HQIP provideed funding between 2009-12 to support the development of a number of multisite clinical audits within England.
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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