Clinical audit in mental health practice: CCQI module 1

by Robin Burgess


Last updated: October 2014 by Rob Chaplin


Clinical audit in mental health practiceClinical audit is one of the simplest and yet most effective clinical processes. It has been practised since the middle of the 19th century and has been enshrined in the professional regulations of Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council.


As well as ensuring compliance with minimum standards, clinical audit:


  • is about using information to drive improvements to clinical care and patient outcomes


  • is a key way for professionals to appraise and improve their own clinical practice


  • is a team-building activity


  • aids attainment of excellence in clinical care.


This module enables practitioners to understand the basics of clinical audit and why they should use it. By the end of the module we hope that you will be able to prepare for and implement a clinical audit within your own practice.


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College Centre for Quality Improvement


Other modules in this series:


Quality indicators and quality improvement methods by Dr Michael Holland, Emily Doncaster and Sophie Hodge


Organisation theory: conceptual frameworks in a changing context by Professor David Crowther and Dr Miriam Green


Forthcoming modules in this series:


History of quality improvement in healthcare

Patient safety


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This is the first in a series of modules developed in association with the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI).



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