// Core Skills in Clinical & Service Audit

Core Skills in Clinical & Service Audit

CPD Points: 4
Duration: 4 Hours
Media Type: eLearning
Provider: Academyst (eMedicus Ltd.)


Audit is a fundamental tool for improving both quality and performance in health and yet many healthcare professionals have never had any formal audit training, often resulting in a loss or dilution of the significant benefits it offers. Commencing with the core skills necessary to run successful audit projects in either the clinical or service domains, we then focus on ensuring that audit results are built successfully into an improvement strategy that delivers consistent attention to factors contributing to results. This course is a highly comprehensive, practical programme designed to equip you with the very best knowledge, skills and ability in this vital competency.

The course is suitable for anyone who is involved in clinical audit; doctors (both junior and consultant), nurses, PAM and managers and the course content is relevant to all healthcare settings.

Core Skills & Knowledge
  • Definition of audit. Clinical vs. service audit
  • Why do audit?
  • The place of audit in a high performance, modern service
  • Audit as a tool to improve clinical quality
  • Audit as a tool to improve service performance
  • Audit vs. Research
  • Understanding the different types of audit
  • Standards based audit - the audit cycle
  • Structure, process and outcome audits - advantages and disadvantages
  • Retrospective vs. prospective audits
  • Choosing an audit topic
  • Using quality impact analysis to develop audit topics
  • The importance of clear audit purpose
  • Identifying evidence of best practice
  • Developing valid criteria and standards
  • When there are no standards
  • o Developing consensus
  • o Use of the Delphi technique to help establish criteria & standards
Ensuring confidentiality and adherence to Caldicott guidelines & the Data Protection Act during data collection
  • Developing appropriate data collection tools
  • Ensuring effective data collection
  • Sampling techniques
  • How to analyse data
  • Presenting data to develop clear understanding
  • Developing appropriate action plans
  • Writing an audit report

Advanced Skills & knowledge
  • Importance of team leadership in audit
  • Developing an effective audit environment
  • Embedding audit across a diverse team
  • Involving stakeholders in audit
  • Project management skills necessary for effective team and multidisciplinary audit
  • Effecting change as a result of audit
  • Identifying & overcoming barriers to change
  • Using Lewin's Force Field Analysis as a basis for securing change
  • From audit to continuous monitoring (key performance indicators)

  • Doctors - Junior
  • Doctors - Middle
  • Doctors - Senior
  • Nurses - Junior
  • Nurses - Middle
  • Nurses - Senior
  • Business & Administration - Junior
  • Business & Administration - Middle
  • Business & Administration - Senior
  • Allied Pros - Junior
  • Allied Pros - Middle
  • Allied Pros - Senior