Clinical audit is a quality improvement cycle that involves measurement of the effectiveness of healthcare against agreed and proven standards for high quality, and taking action to bring practice in line with these standards so as to improve the quality of care and health outcomes. (New principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit, 2nd edition, HQIP). For further information see the Healthcare Quality Improvement website at www.hqip.org.uk.
Clinical effectiveness is defined as the extent to which specific clinical interventions, when deployed in the field for a particular patient or population, do what they are intended to do, that is, maintain and improve health and secure the greatest possible health gain from the available resources - Promoting Clinical Effectiveness (1996) NHS Executive.
For more information about evidence based standards go to www.nice.org.uk.
To find out more about clinical audit and effectiveness in the Trust contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How NICE are you?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces evidence based guidance for the NHS in England and Wales.
Clinicians should take relevant NICE guidance fully into account when making clinical decisions. For more information please visit the NICE website.