Getting involved in clinical audits

This page looks at the reasons for getting involved in clinical audits, explains the process involved and provides tips and considerations. There are links to more detailed information.

Clinical audits compare current healthcare practice with guidelines for good practice. They help to assess whether patients are receiving the best quality of care and can result in improvements.

You have the option to do an audit during your clinical years in medical school. Once on your Foundation training programme, you have to do at least one audit a year.

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Why do an audit?

Getting involved in an audit can be beneficial to your future applications for foundation and specialty training. It will:

From a personal point of view, any changes made as a result of your audit can be very rewarding.

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