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Clinical Audit - Turning Burden into Blessings

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.

At the Medical Council’s recent Patient Safety and Leadership Conference, Dr Ian Callanan presented a session on Clinical audit entitled ‘turning burdens into blessings’. To enable further learning on the practice of clinical audit for doctors, we have produced a recording of the presentation which can be viewed along with the presentation slides on our website.  

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