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
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).
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