Certificate in Clinical Audit for Health and Social Care
On-line Learning / CPD hours: 18 hours
Dates TBAS for 2014
A multi-professional Clinical Audit course
This course provides a practical approach to clinical audit design and data collection. It teaches the underlying principles of effective audit planning, the appropriate use of several methods of data collection and the presentation of findings.
Over two hundred and fifty students have been trained in clinical audit by RPD, they include audit and governance facilitators, nurses, doctors, social workers, midwives, occupational and physiotherapists, podiatrists and practice development managers.
To enable you to plan a clinical audit of your own design.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Identify the benefits of audit activity for organisations, clients/patients and staff
- Differentiate between clinical audit, research and other methods of enquiry
- Identify topics suitable for audit
- Differentiate between different types of audit
- Understand the structure of effective audit standards and criteria
- Plan a sample for data collection
- Select appropriate methods of data collection
- Present audit findings effectively
- Recognise the importance of involving service users in the audit process
- Write a clinical audit proposal
WHO WILL BENEFIT:
- Anyone new to clinical audit
- Experienced clinical audit staff who wish to expand their knowledge of qualitative data collection methods
- Professionals who have responsibility for clinical audit within their team
E-learning which includes individual and small group practical exercises, private reading and contact with the course tutor. The timetable is flexible enabling students to organise their own pattern of study.
Our virtual learning environment is called Moodle which is used by universities and colleges world wide, including the Open University. It’s user friendly and allows students access to the course at any time from any computer.
The course is delivered in three units spanning a six-week period. Each unit is a combination of reading, practical exercises and discussion with other students and the tutor. Students get to know each other and share ideas and experiences.
The course runs to a timetable, but with sufficient flexibility to accommodate each student’s individual pattern of study. Study time is approximately 18 hours.
Students are required to prepare an audit proposal to be submitted after the taught component is finished.
COST On Application Dates: TBA
RCN certificate for 18 hours CPD is issued on successful completion
If you have any questions please contact us.
In-house clinical audit and governance training
RPD staff provide talks, workshops and courses designed to meet the needs of the host organisation. In addition, one and two-day programmes of training are offered. For example:
Getting Started with Clinical Audit
One-day workshop. For groups of 8 - 16 staff. In-house only.
To introduce participants to the process of clinical audit and its impact on patient care.
The programme includes:
- The role of audit within clinical governance
- Differences and similarities between audit, research and surveys
- Selecting topics suitable for audit
- The audit cycle
- Different types of audit and their application
- Planning an audit project, resources and skills required
- Setting standards and criteria for different types of audit
- Selecting suitable methods of data collection
- Ethical guidelines for audit activity
- Effective presentation of audit findings
WHO WILL BENEFIT:
Clinicians and other health care staff who need to understand the role of audit and what it can achieve.
For full details please contact us.
Taking your studies further – beyond audit
If you are looking for academic training in governance, you may wish to consider one of these courses run by the University of Westminster:
MSc Integrated Governance in Healthcare Communities
Integrated Governance in Healthcare Communities is a multi-professional course which addresses the complex nature of governance across health and social care today. It critically examines a range of governance policies and strategies and how they impact on practice. The course aims to develop your skills, knowledge and reflective capacity to understand and manage the demands of this rapidly changing field of healthcare quality assurance. Practical aspects of the course are largely carried out at your workplace, in collaboration with employers and colleagues.
Current students include clinical governance managers, quality assurance staff, audit facilitators, nurses, midwives, clinical risk leads, pharmacists and occupational therapists.
Students not wishing to take the full MSc can take a certificate or diploma.
For more information contact: Course leader Joy Tweed
in Health and Sciences
The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences is offered by the School of Life Sciences and provides the opportunity to produce doctoral level practice-based research based upon professional expertise and the work of your organisation.
This degree is for senior practitioners, clinicians, team leaders, managers, and specialists working in the wide domain of health and social sciences. We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to study in the following areas:
- Healthcare governance: clinical risk management, clinical audit, clinical and integrated governance
- Management of healthcare services
- Men’s health
- Promoting positive community wellbeing including mental health promotion
- Service evaluation within the healthcare community
- Successful aging, health and well-being
- The patient and service user experience
For further information contact Course Leader, Dr Patricia Maitland.
E: P.Maitland@Westminster.ac.uk and see link: