About Clinical Audit

Clinical audit circle imageWhat is clinical audit?

Clinical audit is the systematic review and evaluation of current practice against research based standards with a view to improving clinical care for service users.

Why clinical audit?

The Health Service Executive recognises clinical audit as a reliable method of:

  • Proactively measuring the effectiveness and performance of healthcare against agreed standards for high quality.
  • Improving the quality of care provided to service users by identifying action to bring practice in line with these standards.
  • Providing the assurance of quality to service users, practitioners and to the health system as a whole.

Clinical Audit Support

In order to undertake effective clinical audit, healthcare professionals must have the necessary knowledge of the clinical audit process. Evidence shows that data collection is frequently confused with clinical audit.

The Quality and Patient Safety Division has developed ‘A Practical Guide to Clinical Audit’ to eliminate such confusion and to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge to plan, design and conduct a clinical audit.

 The document will:

  • Act as a learning resource for those who are new to clinical audit.
  • Provide a reference guide for healthcare professionals already involved in clinical audit.
  • Equip healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge to plan, design and conduct a clinical audit.
  • Enable healthcare professionals to be proactive and to make changes which contribute to overall quality improvement within their services.

Click on the links below for

Clinical Audit Training and Excel Tools

HSELand

Routine Audit Tools

Clinical Audit Training is provided by Nicola O’Grady, contact Nicolam.ogrady@hse.ie, 057-9357904.