The purpose of this document is to set out updated criteria for best practice in local clinical audit. These criteria will:
Provide guidance for clinicians and clinical audit staff on how to plan, design and carry out clinical audit projects that will deliver improvements in the quality of services
Allow the Boards and management of healthcare providers to evaluate and improve the quality of clinical audit activities that take place within their organisations
Allow those who commission or monitor healthcare services to assess the quality of clinical audit evidence provided to them
Provide service users with information on how they can participate in clinical audit, increasing their involvement and understanding of the process so that they can assess and improve the quality of the projects they are involved in
Best Practice in Clinical Audit is available to download via the link below.
As well as the guide, checklists are available which can be used to assess healthcare organisations, clinical audit programmes and clinical audits against the criteria. These checklists are designed to be downloaded and adapted for local use.