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Is the audit toolkit only for computerised practices?

The ICGP audit toolkit is not specifically for computerised practices and the data for the examples provided can be manually extracted from patient records, although this usually requires that the audit is on a sample of patients and not on all patients with a particular condition. » read more

My audit lasted the whole year – when should I record it?

The main aim of the audit is to test whether you are doing what you should be doing by comparing yourself to a guideline. » read more

Practice audits: can they be non-clinical?

Practice audits do not have to be clinically focused but can be a quality improvement exercise applying the principles of audit. » read more

Returning to practice: How do I catch up?

Doctors may need to take leave from practice for a number of reasons. This is understandable – life happens and achieving CPD is sometimes not feasible. » read more

Should I be concerned about confidentiality/data protection if I am asked to supply further details to the Medical Council?

The audit report or any information requested will not be such that it will compromise patient confidentiality as patients would not be identified in same. » read more

Should clinical audits include patient details?

No. None of the activity you include on your ePortfolio should include patient identifiers. Your clinical audit should only include de-identified patient data. » read more

What are examples of acceptable Clinical Audit?

Clinical audit is recognised as having three elements: measurement, comparison and evaluation. » read more

What constitutes a clinical audit?

Audit is a quality improvement process that follows a systematic review and evaluation of activities against research-based standards. » read more

What is the difference between research and audit?

The purpose of audit is to act as a mechanism for you to reflect on your practice and to document improvements as a result. » read more

When should I start my audit?

We advise that you start your clinical audit as soon as possible into the PCS year. » read more

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