Clinical Audit Toolkit

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Clinical audit is a way for practices to find out where their services are doing well and where improvements can be made.  It is a process of assessing, evaluating and improving procedures for each stage of care, diagnosis and intervention.


Where do I start?

In order to be able to do clinical audit, a practice must have systems in place for monitoring and discussing the clinical outcome of cases and for acting on the results. Clinical audit starts with some form of record keeping and review process.

A great starting point for a practice wanting to do clinical audit might be looking at rates of post-surgical infection: reveiwing the interventions, significant events and resultant actions.  Significant events could include unexpected reactions, critical incidents, perianaesthetic deaths (as well as positive outcomes).


Clinical Audit Toolkit

The Clinical Audit Toolkit is designed as a step-by-step guide to starting clinical audit in practice:

Clinical Audit Toolkit 1 – Clinical audit: What is it and what can practices and individuals do right now?

Clinical Audit Toolkit 2 – Clinical governance: a policy template for your practice

Clinical Audit Toolkit 3 – What is a significant event audit?

Clinical Audit Toolkit 4 – Significant event report example

Clinical Audit Toolkit 5 – Significant event report template


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Please let us know how these materials could be improved by emailing us at We will ensure that the Clinical Audit Knowledge Group is made aware of your comments and suggestions and we will support them in their endeavour to bring clinical audit to veterinary practitioners.

You can also join the Clinical Audit Knowledge Group.