Clinical audits and Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) are words you hear get tossed around a lot once you start working in the NHS, and it's a good idea to know what they mean.
Audit: 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.
Quality improvement: process undertaken to make a patient's experience and outcome better, achieved through a systematic approach.
To make it simple, an audit wants to make sure that the current practice is up to date, and that the way things are currently being done meets the expected standards. This is different from research, where you are looking for new knowledge to add to already established knowledge.
Why should I do an audit or QIP?
Audits and QIPs are a useful addition to any portfolio . . .
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