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Using Clinical Audit to Improve Patient Care — a 5–day national and local course

Benefits of the course

The course prepares new staff appointed to support clinical audit activities in their organizations. It is aimed at helping staff to achieve evidence of improvements in patient care using the clinical audit process.

Intended participants

The course is best suited to individuals who have just been appointed to jobs that involve supporting clinical audit and related programmes or to individuals who have been in the job for less than a year.

Learning objectives and format

The course is designed to help participants develop competence and confidence in how to:

  • explain to clinical staff how the clinical audit process works and how it fits into other activities related to accountability for the quality and safety of patient care
  • help clinicians select the right subjects for clinical audit
  • help clinicians decide exactly why they are doing a particular audit and what they want to achieve by carrying out the audit
  • use evidence of good practice in designing clinical audits
  • help clinicians formulate measures of quality based on evidence of good practice, as the basis for data collection
  • develop data collection protocols and tools and advise on data collection for clinical audits
  • use statistics to analyse and present findings of data collection
  • use statistical tools for analysing variations in practice
  • help clinicians manage review of clinical audit findings with their colleagues
  • help clinicians analyse causes of problems that are affecting the quality of care
  • apply principles and strategies for taking action to achieve changes in practice
  • recognize and handle ethics principles related to clinical audit
  • handle data protection issues related to clinical audit
  • prepare clinical audit reports
  • assess their organizations' readiness to support the clinical audit process.

The course covers both theory and practice. The course participants spend at least half the course time practising the how to’s.

Course programme

The course runs from 8.45 am to 5.30 pm each day with the exception of Monday when the course starts at 1.00 pm and Friday when the course finishes at 3.30 pm. The course includes evening assignments.


Each participant receives a 530 page Clinical Audit Manual and other learning and reference materials. Certificates of participation in the course are provided.

What participants say about the course

Participants comments about the course include:

'One of the best courses i have been on. Great balance of theory and practice and reference materials'

'The tutor was fantastic in delivering the course and was very approachable'

'Very valuable course, feel more confident as it's a new role i'm in'

'It was one of the best courses I have done'

'The whole course was of value to me. I feel that I would know where to start now, where before I felt overwhelmed'


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