Clinical Audit Committee

Clinical Audit Introduction

The requirement for the implementation of mandatory HIQA standards for Safer Better Healthcare and the recently introduced mandatory professional competence requirements for doctors mean that clinical audit has to be taken seriously.

Clinical audit is at the heart of clinical governance.

  • It provides the mechanisms for reviewing the quality of everyday care provided to patients with common conditions;
  • It builds on a long history of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals reviewing case notes and seeking ways to serve their patients better;
  • It addresses quality issues systematically and explicitly, providing reliable information;
  • It can confirm the quality of clinical services and identify if there is a need for improvement.

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Figure: The audit cycle

Procedure for performing a clinical audit at RVEEH

The RVEEH clinical audit registration form must be completed prior to commencing an audit. This form is available from Cathy Fox, Education & Research Coordinator cathy.fox@rveeh.ie or here:

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A start and completion date for the audit must be provided. The support of the supervising consultant is also required. The clerical staff will assist in the retrieval of case files to perform the audit once it has been registered in accordance with the relevant hospital policy.

 

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