Clinical Audit Links

Professional bodies and organisations offering support for clinical audit

This website outlines ongoing patient safety initiatives and activities in Ireland including progress of the 12 project groups which are driving the implementation of recommendations from the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance. 

Health Service Executive online resource for learning and development. Register for clinical audit e-learning programme.

Developed and maintained by a team of librarians across the Health Service Executive, this library website provides a gateway for HSE employees to access local HSE library resources to support clinical audit.

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA). Established in 2012, NOCA will design, develop and implement national clinical audit programmes in order to improve patient outcomes and promote patient safety in hospitals.

Irish College of General Practitioners website. Provides specific guidance and tools for clinical audit in general practice.

Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN). Promotes good clinical audit practice in Northern Ireland through commissioning of regional guidelines and audits, dissemination of audit results and the publication and facilitation of implementation of regional guidelines.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) provides guidance and support for clinical audit in England and Wales.

  Sources of clinical guidelines

 Additional recommended reading

G Johnston, I Crombie, E Alder, H Davies, and A Millard. (2000). Reviewing audit: barriers and facilitating factors for effective clinical audit. Quality in Health Care.9(1): 23–36. Available at:

A series of helpful clinical audit guides have been produced by the University Hospital Bristol Clinical Audit team and can be accessed at:

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published a useful guide for front-line health and social care staff about the importance of data quality as part of the process of providing safe and effective services. This can be accessed at: