Title Clinical governance and audit competencies 4
Type Stage Two
Code HLS101
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of gaining knowledge of the lines of accountability, quality improvement programmes, clinical audit, evidence-based practice, clinical standards and guidelines, managing risk and quality assurance programmes be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform, adapt and master a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and its application to their professional practice in relation to:

  • clinical governance
  • investigative protocols
  • service quality
  • clinical audit
  • clinical effectiveness and audit:
    • concept of systematic reviews and evidence-based medicine
    • role of audit in the hospital
    • audit cycle
    • participation in regular clinical audit, within and between departments, at the interface with primary care and at regional level.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and its application to the performance, adaptation and mastery of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills:

  • recognising roles, responsibility and accountability
  • participation in risk assessment
  • monitoring/reporting adverse events
  • availability and adherence to agreed protocols for investigations of common conditions
  • turnaround time, complaint analysis
  • philosophy of clinical effectiveness: role of clinical audit in achieving this, methods of clinical audit in healthcare.
  • plan, undertake, report, and present at least one audit and undertake follow up
  • use audit to gather evidence provided by formal review of practices and clinical performance that quality requirements and the needs of governance are being met
  • Understanding that clinical audit:
    • provides the evidence
    • indicates change needed
    • highlights the resources required.

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to apply knowledge of clinical governance and audit competencies to perform, adapt and master the clinical skills necessary to manage to:

  • liaise with clinical colleagues.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


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