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Carrying out projects at UH Bristol

The procedure for carrying out a Clinical Audit project at UH Bristol is detailed below:

  1. Idea - discuss your project idea with an appropriate member of the Clinical Audit Team.
  2. Proposal - complete a proposal form. Guidance is available on filling this out.
  3. Approval - submit the form to the Divisional / specialty Clinical Audit Convenor for approval.
  4. Support - discuss with your Clinical Audit Facilitator what further support they can give you.
  5. Data - collect and analyse your data.
  6. Present - discuss results with colleagues and make recommendations; a template is available.
  7. Report - a written report provides the permanent record of the audit; a template is available. 
  8. Action - a final action plan details what is to be done to create improvement - this is included in the report template.

We know that bureaucracy can be time-consuming, but this procedure is there to protect you, your colleagues, the Trust, and ultimately patients. We want to support you to do audit that brings about positive changes to patient care.

Points to note:

If your project involves review of patient case notes, these will not be pulled unless the project has been approved and registered onto the Trust audit programme. Large note-pulls (eg more than 100 notes) may be queried by the audit team as part of the approval process.

If your project involves a patient or staff survey, this will require separate approval by the Trust's Questionnaire, Interview and Survey (QIS) Group - a proposal form and template covering letter can be found on their webpage.