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Clinical audit

Clinical If you have a general enquiry about clinical audit at UH Bristol and Weston, please email Stuart Metcalfe, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Manager.

If you have a query which relates to a specific Clinical Division, please contact the relevant Clinical Audit Facilitator.

Clinical Audit Central Office, Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU. Tel: 0117 34 23614


Defining clinical audit

An accepted definition of clinical audit is:

"a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change." Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit (2002, NICE/CHI)

Operational definitions of Clinical Audit, Research, Service Evaluation and Service Improvement activity have been agreed between the Trust's Clinical Governance Manager, Research & Development Manager and Head of Innovation (September 2007).  You can view these as part of the Trust's Policy on Clinical Audit.

Conducting Clinical Audit

You can find general resources on planning and conducting Clinical Audit on our How To Guides and Links pages. Specific information is also available on doing Clinical Audit projects at UH Bristol and Weston.