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Clinical audit is a way to find out if healthcare is being provided in line with standards and lets the Trust and it's patients know where their service is doing well, and where there could be improvements.

The aim of clinical audit projects is to allow improvement to take place where it will be most helpful and will improve outcomes for patients. Clinical audit projects look at care both at a national level, and locally within the Hospital itself. The clinical audit teams at MFT support clinical audit staff to undertake local and national clinical audit.

Clinical staff identify areas where they think improvements can be made and then carry out an audit. They look at the best standard of care and use that as a measurement. Sometimes they will look at new standards, or standard from NICE in order to improve the care and treatment their service provides.

Where an audit finds a need for improvement the staff undertaking the audit will agree how this can be achieved by way of an action plan.