Clinical Outcomes Publication – technical manual
How this manual is designed to help
The aim of this manual is to support the work and future development of National Clinical Audits (NCAs) with a particular focus on those pushing consultant-level outcomes. It will be of interest to those already participating in the COP programme, but can also provide guidance to audit teams that are considering how to further develop their audits.
The COP Technical Manual was drafted following a data validation guidance development workshop attended by audit providers and professional association representatives and a period of external consultation with our audit providers. HQIP would like to thank those involved for their contributions.
Who is this manual for?
This guidance, though generic, aims to be useful for audit providers, Trusts and professional societies. For those audits participating in COP, any variation from this guidance should be justified and published alongside any audit outputs.