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Clinical Audit

Clinical Audit

Clinical audit is used to aid improvements in the delivery of patient care and to facilitate continuous quality improvement. The key component of clinical audit is that clinical care is reviewed against agreed standards to ensure that what should be done is being done. Clinical Audit also provides a framework to enable improvements to be made to the quality of patient care and treatment where these are required.

A nationally accepted definition of clinical audit is: Clinical audit is a quality improvement cycle that involves measurement of the effectiveness of healthcare against agreed and proven standards for high quality, and taking action to bring practice in line with these standards so as to improve the quality of care and health outcomes. (HQIP ‘New Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit’. Radcliffe Publishing, 2011)

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Telephone: 023 8053 8709


Patient and Public Involvement in Clinical Audit

We recognise that our services can only be improved if we listen to the needs and opinions of our patients, their families and the wider public. Information about peoples’ experiences of care, and the outcomes of that care, can be invaluable in improving quality and we are committed to involving patients and the public in our clinical audit programme.

If you have completed an audit or evaluation, we can still help with dissemination in a patient friendly way and involving patients to share results and action plans.

Further information can be found through the Healthcare and Quality Improvement Partnership website.


Our Clinical Audit Programme

Solent NHS Trust has an annual clinical audit programme that aligns national requirements with our internal priorities, and with the priorities identified by individual services. This audit programme is organised into four areas in line with national guidance:

Priority level



External priority audits


National audits, particularly those in the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.


Trust Priority audits

Patient safety issues, audits of care following complaints or incidents. Audits of NICE guidance


Division Priority audits

Audits of locally adopted standards in specific services


Clinician Interest Audits

Audits of interest to clinicians, or that they are required to complete as part of their training or an academic course.

Some national audits look at specific illnesses or conditions and examine care along a pathway from diagnosis to discharge. For these audits we work in partnership with our colleagues in other local health and social care organisations.

Our Clinical Audit Programme is constantly being reviewed and updated to incorporate new guidance and requirements and to reflect any changes in priorities during the year. A copy of our audit programme can be found here.

Clinical Audit Plan 2015/2016

Clinical Audit Outcomes