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The Clinical Audit and Effectiveness team help to enforce good clinical practice and produce internal recommendations for any necessary improvement throughout the Trust.

Clinical effectiveness is an umbrella term describing a range of activities that support clinicians/health care professionals to examine and improve the quality of care and patient safety. Effectiveness includes clinical audit, the implementation of nationally agreed guidance as well as agreed standards/clinical performance indicators reflecting best practice.

Clinical Audit involves the review of practice against Trust agreed best practice. In patient safety terms it could involve auditing LocSSIP’s (safety alert) to determine how well they have been embedded following serious incidents with common root causes across the Trust.

We are required to participate in National Audits and each year the Trust has quality accounts provided by NHS England, the standards for these audits generally relate to the NICE guidance.

Patients will be routinely contacted to provide data about their recovery for audits.