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How to Teach Clinical Audit — a 2–day national or local course

Benefits of the course

Individuals in jobs that involve supporting clinical audit are often expected to teach clinical audit staff how to do a clinical audit and to give presentations about clinical audit. However, many of these individuals have had little formal training in being an effective teacher or presenter.

We have designed the course in response to requests from clinical audit staff who want to learn how we provide effective teaching on clinical audit. The course sets out a framework for designing any teaching session, provides a structured approach to planning what to teach and how, and gives advice on how to get learners involved in practical work.

Intended participants

The course is for experienced clinical audit staff who are expected to teach others how to do clinical audit. The course also is suited for clinical audit leads and clinical tutors who may have responsibility for teaching clinical audit to doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals in training.

Learning objectives

The course is designed to help individuals develop competence and confidence in how to teach clinical audit to any group. It covers the following subjects:

  • a model for planning teaching that reflects how adults learn
  • how to identify and analyse the learning needs of a group as a basis for planning what to teach
  • a systematic way to structure any teaching session
  • practical ways to motivate a group to learn about clinical audit
  • how to estimate how much people ‘can take in’ at one time and how to plan content accordingly
  • important ideas about clinical audit that healthcare professionals get confused about or have difficulty mastering — and practical tips for handling these subjects
  • practical tips for making the administrative and venue arrangements for an educational session on clinical audit, preparing materials for use in teaching sessions and preparing yourself to teach a session on clinical audit.
Course programme

The course runs from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm each day. The course tutor gives brief presentations and participants work extensively in small groups or on their own developing a teaching session on clinical audit.


Each participant receives a 135–page How to Teach Clinical Audit manual and other learning materials. Certificates of participation in the course are provided.

What participants say about the course

Participant comments about the course include:

'Overall the course has been fantastic and I feel motivated and excited about planning my teaching sessions'

'Very high standard of course and course manual'

'Excellent, approachable teaching style. Something to aspire to'

'I felt that I had full individual attention and all my questions were answered in full'

'The learning needs analysis, the teaching model and designing a lesson were most valuable'

'All aspects were very beneficial and have made me more focused on the way clinical audit training should be taken forward within my organization'

'Definitely the most valuable training I have been on'

'I found the tutor a very inspirational teacher who really makes you think about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it'


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