Clinical Audit

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Clinical Audit to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course is designed for all healthcare professionals, from any discipline, who want to learn how to conduct clinical audits. It can also be used as ‘best practice’ by complementary therapists, counsellors, education staff, charity workers etc. Clinical audit is an important skill which ensures the delivery of high quality care, and ultimately impacts on the clients’/patients’ experiences. Many audit topics, such as record-keeping, infection control and hygiene and client/patient satisfaction are relevant to many different professionals. The course explains in simple language how to conduct an audit step by step, and gives you practical and useful tips. It encourages you to begin to design and develop your own clinical audit and explains the potential pitfalls you may encounter and how to avoid them.  This comprehensive course is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get a clinical audit started in the workplace.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Clinical Audit
      • Definition
      • Other Audits
      • Who Can Benefit?
      • Why Is Clinical Audit Important?
    • The Clinical Audit Cycle
  • Lesson Two
    • Setting the Scene
      • The History of Clinical Audit
      • Clinical Governance
      • The Kennedy Report and Clinical Audit
      • KeyFactors in Promoting a Successful Audit
  • Lesson Three
    • Misconceptions about Clinical Audit
      • Surveys/Questionnaires
      • Data Collection
      • GP Contracts and QOF
      • Service Evaluation
      • Monitoring
      • Significant Event Audit
      • Baseline Assessment
      • One-off Event
      • Research
  • Lesson Four
    • Ethics and Clinical Audit
      • Confidentiality
      • Ethical Considerations for Clinical Audit
      • Ethical Approval
  • Lesson Five
    • Selecting Audit Topics
      • Where do Audit Topics come from?
      • Howto Prioritise Audit Topics
    • Setting Aims and Objectives
      • Structure of Aims and Objectives
  • Lesson Six
    • Developing Clinical Audit Criteria and Standards
      • Audit Criteria
      • Characteristics of Audit Criteria
      • Audit Standards
      • Audit Exceptions
      • Building Audit Exceptions into your Audit Plan
  • Lesson Seven
    • Collecting the Data
      • Audit Protocols
      • Types of Data
      • Methods of Collection 
      • Sampling Methods and Sizes
  • Lesson Eight
    • Analysing the Data
      • Numerical (Quantitative) Data
      • Data Analysis Software
      • Free Text (Qualitative) Data
      • Presenting Results and Report Writing
  • Lesson Nine
    • Making Changes
      • Barriers to Change
      • Implementing Change
      • Action Plan
      • Re-audit
    • Conclusion

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.