Statutory and Mandatory requirements for clinical audit

When carried out in accordance with best practice standards, clinical audit:

  • provides assurance of compliance with clinical standards
  • identifies and minimises risk, waste and inefficiencies
  • improves the quality of care and patient outcomes

The table available for download below is a summary of the current statutory and mandatory requirements imposed on healthcare providers who work in the NHS in England. It will be kept under review and updated as necessary, particularly as further details emerge of the Governments response to the Francis Inquiry.

LAST REVIEW DATE: 25 February 2014

Key changes in this edition include information on the NHS Standard Contract 2014/15 and NHS Foundation Trust Annual Reporting Manual 2013/14.

In addition to the existing requirements for participation in the NCAPOP and acting on the findings of any relevant clinical audits, the new NHS Standard Contract includes explicit conditions which will require all providers of NHS commissioned care:

  • To make national clinical audit data available to support the publication of consultant level outcomes
  • To implement an ongoing, proportionate programme of clinical audit
  • To provide commissioners on request with the findings of any audit

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