Clinical Audit

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a clinical audit team who help with all aspects of clinical audit to help drive improvements to make your care more effective.

What is clinical audit?

Clinical audit is concerned with improving the quality of health care that the NHS provides to patients

The overall aim of clinical audit is to improve patient outcomes by improving professional practice and the general quality of services delivered. This is achieved through a continuous process where healthcare professionals review patient care against agreed standards and make improvements, where necessary, to ensure the standards are met. The audit is repeated in the future to make sure the quality of patient care has improved.

Why use clinical audit?

As a quality improvement tool, audit can demonstrate that real efforts are being made by staff to deliver high quality professional care to all their patients.

According to the Department of Health’s Standards for Better Health 2004, Healthcare Organisations must ensure that “clinicians participate in regular clinical audit and reviews of clinical services”.

Further information:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guide to clinical audit

In 2002, NICE published "Principles For Best Practice in Clinical Audit". This book provides clear statements of principle about clinical audit in the NHS. It is written primarily for staff leading clinical audit and clinical governance projects and programmes in the NHS however it should also prove useful to other people involved in audit projects.

Click here for the document on the NICE website

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)

More information on National audits can be found at

Contact the clinical audit team