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Leading a Clinical Audit Programme — a 3–day local course

Benefits of the course

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals often are asked to serve as leads for clinical audit in their clinical services. However, many have had no formal training on how to deliver a successful clinical audit programme.

In response to requests from healthcare organizations, we have designed a three–day course for clinicians on how to lead the development and implementation of clinical audits that actually deliver needed improvements in the quality or safety of patient care. The course takes a systematic and practical approach carrying out a programme of clinical audits that will have direct benefits for patient care.

The emphasis in the course is on carrying out fewer but more valuable clinical audits, selecting the right clinical audits in the first place, working through each stage in each clinical audit with a peer group, and getting measured improvements in patient care.

Intended participants

The course is intended for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for leading clinical audit in their specialties, services or professions. The course also is suitable for clinical audit committee members.

We provide the course for regional or local groups on request. Normally the course is provided in three 1–day segments to minimize disruption of clinician commitments.

Learning objectives

The course is designed to develop leadership skills specifically related to clinical audit. It covers the following subjects:

  • a rapid–cycle improvement approach to clinical audits and how to guide staff to carry out clinical audits that result in measured improvements in patient care
  • how to lead a team in setting priorities for clinical audits to be carried out
  • how to evaluate proposed clinical audits, specifically the intention of an audit and the validity of the measures of quality that will form the basis for the clinical audit
  • how to scope the clinical audit work that is needed to demonstrate compliance with national guidance in a clinical service
  • how to involve doctors in training and trainees in other professions in clinical audits that will be of benefit to a clinical service as well as to the trainees
  • how to manage clinical audit meetings to shift the focus away from simple presentations of data to more meaningful clinical debates on how to improve the quality or safety of patient care
  • the evidence base related to various stages in the clinical audit process, including acting to achieve improvements in patient care.
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 making decisions about and carrying out various aspects of leading the delivery of a clinical audit programme in a clinical service.

What clinicians say about the course

Clinician comments about the course include:

'All of it was valuable — mainly designing audits, how to discuss audit, how to discuss audit proposals and accept, reject or ask for more information'

'Giving me clear instructions on how to. I particularly liked the section on clinical audit measures'

'Brilliant review of key clinical audit issues which can be translated at operational levels'

'The tutor was so good at inspiring me to move forward, motivating me, getting the group to open up – great facilitation skills'

'A great course — succinct, well presented, examples apply to clinical practice'

'Handouts and manual will be really useful in my new role'


Each participant receives a 380–page Leading a Clinical Audit Programme manual and other materials. Certificates of participation in the course are provided.


Contact us to arrange a local course in your organization.


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