NOCA facilitates national clinical audits — clinically-led, quality improvement processes that aim to improve patient care and outcomes through the systematic review of care against explicit criteria. NOCA’s findings enable the healthcare system to act to improve care where standards are not met.

NOCA enables the Irish healthcare system to continually improve its standards of care via maintenance of a portfolio of prioritized national clinical audits, standardised against national and international standards. By making reliable data available to those who use, manage and deliver healthcare, clinical audits help to refine Irish healthcare, improve patient outcomes, and achieve change at local and national level.

Definition of Clinical Audit

The Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance established by the Department of Health, defined clinical audit as: ‘a clinically led, quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through the systematic review of care against explicit criteria and to act to improve care when standards are not met’ (2008, p.152).

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Irish Heart Attack Audit

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Irish Hip Fracture Database

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Irish National Audit of Stroke

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Irish National ICU Audit

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Irish National Orthopaedic Register

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Major Trauma Audit

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National Audit of Hospital Mortality

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National Paediatric Mortality Register

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National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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Potential Donor Audit Development Study

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