Clinical Audit Guides
Clinical Audit can be defined as the "systematic review and evaluation of current practice with reference to research based standards to improve patient care." The setting of standards, measurement of practice compared to 'gold standard', identification of deficiencies and addressing deficiencies (closing the loop) is an accepted model of clinical audit.All doctors are legally obliged to maintain their professional competence. In addition to completing at least 50 hours of continuing professional development activity per year, each doctor is expected to complete one clinical audit per year.
The Medical Council has produced a number of videos relating to the topic of clinical audit provided by experts in this area, Dr Ian Callanan and Dr Niamh Macey, who provide practical advice in response to frequently asked questions from doctors.
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