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What is Clinical audit?

Clinical audit is one of the ways we measure and improve the quality of care and services we provide.

Clinical audit measures the care and services provided against agreed standards and then makes necessary improvements in order to improve the quality of the care and services delivered.

This is done by reviewing the quality of clinical care against both local and national standards. We also seek to improve patient care by participation in national patient surveys, and by carrying out local patient surveys. 

As a patient you are unlikely to come into direct contact with a member of the clinical audit team, although you may be asked to complete surveys or questionnaires that we have helped to plan and develop.

You can also get involved in deciding the issues that should be the focus of clinical audit.  We are always keen for patients to offer their comments and ideas on areas suitable for audit.  

If you would like to know more about clinical audit in Leicester's hospitals or if you have any suggestions for topics you think we should be auditing please get in touch via email: clinical.audit.mail@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

If you would like to learn more about clinical audit there is useful information available from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)