Audits

  • Audits: Are a way at ensuring that practice is following guidelines
  • Research: Evaluates practice or compares alternative practice with the purpose of determining best practice.
  • Maintain standards
  • Improve and maintain patient care/safety
  • Encourage trainees to be involved in clinical governance
  • Unclear guidelines/difficult to identify guidelines
  • Insufficient time
  • Difficulty obtaining data
  • Audit as part of a tick box exercise 
  • Maintaining standards after trainees rotate

An umbrella term used to encompass clinical audit but less rigid as there are no formal guidelines to compare against.

  • Identify a problem
  • Create/recruit a team
  • Register the audit with the quality improvement team
  • Begin data collection
  • Design and implement intervention
  • Evaluate improvement

Audits are a fantastic way to demonstrate your communication, organisational, and teamworking/leadership skills.

Example answer:

“I audited BOAST guidelines for paediatric both bone forearm fractures. Within my trust we had no protocol to allow for immediate reduction in A+E.

I recruited/communicated with my orthopaedic and A+E colleagues to design a protocol that allowed for the use of intranasal diamorphine in A+E.

This lead to a reduction in the number of patients requiring surgery, freeing up theatre space.”

Audits are a fantastic way to demonstrate your communication, organisational, and teamworking/leadership skills.

Tell the examiner how many audits you have done, where you have presented them and then describe an audit you have done in detail (see answer above).