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Involving Patients - Clinical Audit and Governance

Clinical Audit 
Clinical Audit is a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change. Involving patients in dermatology clinical audit activities is fundamental to good quality improvement practices and provides a different perspective from that of clinicians.
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), an organisation commissioned by the DH and NICE to re-invigorate clinical audit and improve quality in clinical care, has collaborated with National Voices (an organisation that brings together a coalition of voluntary sector organisations) to produce guidance on Patient and Public involvement (PPI) in Clinical audit. Their guidance provides the following:

  • How to best involve and engage patients
  • Examples of good practice in PPI identified from an HQIP mapping project which identified a number of clinical audits that have practised effective PPI with successful outcomes.

HQIP has also produced guidance for patients which dermatology audit teams may use when involving patients in clinical research.
The Department of Health is developing a set of guidance on clinical governance for clinical governance practitioners including clinical governance leads in commissioners and providers, leaders of clinical divisions and teams, and individual clinicians.
It will provide convenient access to guidance on a number of recent developments, including medical revalidation, responsible officers, clinical performance issues and the new system of death certification. It will also include separate guidance aimed at commissioner and provider boards.

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