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 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
NOCA defines 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. When the standards are not met, a process of improvement can be undertaken, re-audited to enhance the quality of care provided to patients.'