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Am I doing my audit correctly?

It is evident that GPs are investing a lot of time and effort into undertaking an audit, sometimes under challenging circumstances or where little opportunity for audit appears to exist. » read more

Are there any tools to help me undertake my audit?

Yes, there is a short guide to audit and a wide selection of sample audits available on to assist you. » read more

Can I re-audit the same topic the following year?

No specific guidance has been given on this by the Medical Council. However, it is likely that in the event of scrutiny of compliance with the requirements of professional competence, you should be able to demonstrate that you have measured your audit activity against a reasonably up-to-date guideline or protocol. » read more

Do ‘processes’ have to be excluded from the audit?

In some audits, it will be necessary or preferable to include some process elements so these do not have to be excluded; however, the entire audit cannot be based around processes for the purpose of fulfilling your professional competence requirements. » read more

Does the audit have to be conducted over the full year or can it be carried out over a shorter period?

The Medical Council has recommended 12 hours in the year as a guidance, however, it is not specified that it must be prolonged over the year and depending on the topic chosen may be done over a condensed period » read more

How can a clinical teacher carry out a clinical audit?

Please see attached document for an example of how you could carry out peer observations for your clinical audit. » read more

How do I know if I have constructed my audit correctly?

When carrying out your audit, it is advisable to check if you are following the audit cycle as set out in each of the sample audits on our website and in the audit toolkit on » read more

How long does it take to conduct an audit?

It depends on the activity chosen but in general the recommendation is that one hour activity per month should be assigned to audit. » read more

How many patients are necessary to conduct an audit?

There is no minimum or maximum number of patients stipulated, however your sample should include current/recent patients. » read more

I already undertake audit as part of my work under the Methadone Treatment Protocol or a Diabetes Group/Project or Cervical Screening or LARC. Can I use this as my audit activity for professional competence?

Firstly, you should ensure that this is truly an audit and therefore there is a comparison to an existing guideline and that criteria have been stated against which practice is being measured. » read more

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