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Clinical Audit & Effectiveness

Is it Clinical Audit or a Service Evaluation?


HRA Defining Research Table

Distinguish between research, service evaluation and clinical audit. 


Clinical Audit & Effectiveness Support


Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) was established in April 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality improvement. They are an independent organisation led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, The Royal College of Nursing and National Voices.

HQIP Resources available from here.

A-Z or National Clinical audits available from here

A-Z of Clinical Outcome Review Programmes here

Quality improvement in the national clinical audit programme Link to QI improvement guides and tools

NHS Trust page - a resource containing all of the recommendations from audit reports last year. It also contains a single point of reference for all infographics published within NCAPOP reports, with links to the relevant reports, as well as our publication schedule for upcoming reports NHS Trusts page


Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP)

COP is an NHS England initiative, managed by HQIP, to publish quality measures at the level of individual consultant, team and unit level on NHS Choices (now and MyNHS using national clinical audit and administrative data.

National Clinical Audit Benchmarking project (NCAB)

NCAB provides a visual snapshot of individual Trust audit data set against individual national benchmarks.


Quality Account

A written report, which providers of NHS services are required to publish on the NHS England website summarising the quality of their services during the previous financial year. The Quality Account requires details of the trust’s clinical audit participation for each of the national audits they participate in, along with information related to improvements responding to clinical audit report recommendations


Involving patients

At HQIP patient and public involvement (PPI) is at the heart of everything they do. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) resources are available


National Quality Improvement (inc Clinical Audit) Network (N-QI-CAN)

The National Quality Improvement (inc Clinical Audit) Network (N-QI-CAN) brings together the regional clinical audit/effectiveness networks from across England. There are 13 regional clinical networks all of whom have representatives attending quarterly N-QI-CAN meetings. Wales and Northern Ireland are also represented on the group. 

NQICAN also hosts a forum for the collaboration and sharing of clinical audit & other QI resources.


National Institute for Health and Care Guidance (NICE)

NICE provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

They do this by

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.

  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.

  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across health and social care


National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)

NCEPOD's purpose is to assist in maintaining and improving standards of care for adults and children for the benefit of the public by reviewing the management of patients, by undertaking confidential surveys and research, by maintaining and improving the quality of patient care and by publishing and generally making available the results of such activities.

All Resources are available from here


Clinical Quality at LHCH

The Trust recognises the value of clinical audit and sees it as a mechanism for improving quality to provide assurance and achieve high levels of excellence, compassion and safety in care delivery. Registration forms, local process and policy are all available for staff at LHCH to conduct a clinical audit and effectiveness projects.

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