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Clinical Audit

Clinical Audit is used to measure clinical care and outcomes against a set of specifically agreed standards (which will often be based upon a policy or a set of guidelines such as NICE Guidance or National Service Frameworks). Clinical Audit helps us to identify how we might improve the care we give our patients and if our efforts to improve patient care have been successful.

One of the many expectations of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for best practice in Clinical Audit is that evidence of good practice is shared across the Trust.

Our team objective is to provide developmental support to all staff in the Trust in order to assist them to build Governance and Audit into the routine delivery of care.

The Trust Board supports the Clinical Governance process of continuous quality improvement through Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Clinical Audit is one of the components of and is at the heart of Clinical Governance. It provides the mechanism for reviewing the quality of everyday care provided to patients. All health care staff have a duty to carry out Clinical Audit within their everyday practice. Clinical Governance and Audit need to be integrated into every part of service provision including service planning.

How we can help you?

The support and input provided by the team will include:

  • Advice on your Clinical Audit project. Any member of the team may provide this at any stage of the project. Ideally this should lead to the completion of an audit proposal or a review of a project already underway.

  • Training /Educational sessions on Clinical Audit. These need to be arranged in advance if they are specialty specific. Clinical Audit training workshops are held regularly to ensure staff have the opportunity to learn about Clinical Audit and will usually be given by the Clinical Audit Team.

  • Training on specialised software for use by Trust staff and their Clinical Audits. (Access/Excel) This may be provided by most of the Clinical Audit staff after booking a slot in the diary.

  • Hands on support. Includes planning, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of the findings and implementation of changes, as required. The decisions to provide this support will be based on the information individuals provide about their audit project.

Contact details

Phone: 023 9228 6906

Opening times

Normal office hours.

Location on site

De La Court House, Queen Alexandra Hospital

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Last updated - 01 September 2014
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