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Clinical audit handbooks

Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit (2002, NICE/CHI) was written primarily for staff leading clinical audit and clinical governance projects and programmes in the NHS; however it should also prove useful to other people involved in audit projects. A 2nd edition was published in January 2011 - ISBN: 1846192218

A Practical Handbook for Clinical Audit (March 2005) is published by the National Clinical Governance Support Team and contains practical advice about how to improve the quality of local Clinical Audit. This handbook has been endorsed by the Healthcare Commission, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Clinical Governance Support Team (CGST) and is now hosted on the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership website (see below).

National resources

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) - Manages the National Clinical Audit and Patients Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and has the responsibility for reinvigorating local Clinical Audit in England and Wales.  It also provides online training resources on Clinical Audit.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE now provides audit criteria for its own guidance, including definitions, relevant exceptions, and suggestions for sources of data.

Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) - Manages a number of national audit projects relating to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Clinical Audit Support Centre (CASC) - A private company providing support and training for quality improvement professionals in healthcare.

Development of clinical audit

Bristol Inquiry - This informative paper on the history of clinical audit was submitted as part of the BRI inquiry.