The Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (2008) defined clinical audit as:

a clinically led, quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and to act to improve care when standards are not

  • National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) clinically led by Prof Richard Greene
  • The current national audits governed by NOCA are as follows:

    • Major Trauma Audit (MTA), clinically led by Dr Conor Deasy
    • Irish National Orthopaedic Register (INOR), clinically led by Mr David Moore, Mr Paddy Kenny, Mr¬†James Cashman
    • National Intensive Care Audit (ICU Audit), clinically led by Dr Rory Dwyer
    • Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD), clinically led by Dr Conor Hurson, Dr Emer Ahern
    • National Audit of Hospital Mortality, clinically led by Dr Brian Creedon

    At local level, hospital staff enter and review data for each NOCA audit. NOCA refers to these staff as Audit Coordinators. A generic role and competencies document can be found below.

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