Clinical Audit is a mandatory element of the Professional Competence Scheme for all Medical Practitioners.
For those involved in clinical practice, a quantitative and qualitative assessment of any aspect of your clinical practice is suitable material for an audit. For example:
- Use of thromboprophylaxis or compliance with a policy
- Outcomes after a particular surgical procedure (compared with national or international standards).
In many cases, these may be submitted and/or presented at national or international meetings and the published abstract or the presentation may be used as evidence.
If you are finding it difficult to identify a topic for audit, the intercollegiate group looking at the prevention of surgical site infections have developed a number of templates showing appropriate infection control audits which could be performed in most surgical units. This should be presented and discussed at a departmental or hospital meeting and a summary of the findings used as evidence. Please click on below link for a sample audit.
Practitioners who are retired or whose work is mainly Med-Legal work, the sample template below may be of assistance when completeing a Med-Legal assessment audit. This should be presented and discussed at a meeting and a summary of the findings used as evidence. Please click on below link for template.
Satisfactory participation in a national audit organised by NOCA www.noca.ie may also allow you to meet the audit requirements and these differ from audit to audit. NOCA can provide more details and are in a position to automatically add this to your portfolio when you have completed the process. Contact the NOCA office for more information : firstname.lastname@example.org
Preventing Surgical Site Infections Sample Audit
Med-Legal sample template audit