Clinical audit is an opportunity to measure the care & treatment we are providing for our patients against best practice. For an audit to be successful, it must be meaningful and have a clear aim.
Before you start, ask yourself:
· Does the audit address a problem?
· Is the topic a priority?
· Is it achievable within the timeframe?
· Can changes be implemented?
If you can answer Yes to the above, here are some simple tips that can help when designing your audit: -
· Start small – remember audit is a snapshot of care
· Involve others – get help from a wider team, you don’t need to do it on your own
· Learn from others – learn, adapt & adopt from other audits
· Plan – Planning your audit is important, don’t rush it
· Pilot – Test your audit before you start
· Keep it simple – focus on measuring if the standards are being met
· Re-audit – close the loop, have changes led to improvements
· Share – Remember to share your audit findings
…and don’t forget to tell us about your project, register your audit project here: - www.bcuqi.cymru/register-an-audit