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Clinical Audit

Clinical Audit

What is a Clinical Audit?

A Clinical Audit is a quality improvement process that measures current patient care and outcomes against agreed standards of best practice.

What do I have to do?

As part of your GP placement in Phase 2, you are required to conduct a clinical audit. You can conduct the audit with your clinical partner, however the final report must be written individually.

You may identify an area of interest to conduct your clinical audit on. If you are struggling to identify an area, you may want to consider asking your GP practice if there are any areas that you can do your audit on.

Engagement Criteria

As part of the engagement criteria, you will need to produce:

  • A 1,500 words (+/- 10%) written report

The highest scoring audit will be awarded a RCGP Midland Faculty Student Award for Best WMS Student Audit and win £50.00, and prize-winner will be invited to attend the next Midland Faculty board meeting. Moreover, the person with the highest scoring audit will be invited to WMS Prize Giving Event.

Advice from Previous Years


Claudia Kate Au-Yeung (2020 Cohort)

Clinical Audit Prize 2022

Get started as soon as you can

The clinical audit is a less daunting assignment than one might expect, however it is important to get started as soon as you can. If you have a topic in mind, feel free to discuss it with the practice, alternatively see if there are any audit topics which the practice have identified need carrying out.

Start Early

Start early! Most GP placements will have had lots of students come through who need an audit and will likely already have an idea of what they'd like you to do. Consider what you want to get out of it. If you plan on re-auditing to complete the audit cycle, then make sure it's something you're interested in!

If you have any questions about the clinical audit, feel free to contact Dr Helen Gabathuler: