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Ten tips for better audits (1.5 CPD hours)


This module offers advice on ways that GPs can improve their clinical audits, covering:

  • Definition, purpose and aims of an audit
  • Selecting a topic and undertaking it well
  • Protecting patient confidentiality
  • Repeating an audit
  • Using and sharing the results of your audit

After reading these articles you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Have any audits you’ve performed over the last two or three years been discussed within the practice? Have you re-audited to complete the cycle and assess any effect?
  • If you’re a training practice, do you make a point of having  a teaching session on audit, and actively encourage your trainees to get involved in the process?
  • Are you aware of local resources which might help your audit plans eg pharmacists, nurses, CCG and pharmaceutical industry?
  • Are you clear on the meanings of audit terminology such as criteria and standards – and how to set criteria and standards when you are doing an audit?
  • Have you considered putting audit plans into your PDP? Have you a formal way of recording audit ideas as they occur to you?