Clinical Audits

The Clinical Audits page collates the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's national clinical audits, including current and previous clinical audits. Use the navigation below to browse current audits, previous audits and frequently asked questions about audits and data submitted. 

Current Audits

Latest news

  • Audit reports - we are pleased to announce that the national audit reports are now available to download from the links below.  We encountered a much higher level of incomplete data submitted this year, potentially due to the unprecedented pressures on EDs this winter.  As a result our analysts have been completing additional work to ensure the data are still valid and useful for you. The local reports, however, remain unavailable until 28 May 2018.  Apologies for the ongoing delay and thank you for understanding.
  • Participation certificates - you can download your participation certificates for 2017/18 by logging into the RCEM audit site and clicking on results, then download certificate of participation
  • Quality Accounts - you can find your participation numbers for your Quality Accounts by logging into the RCEM audit site then clicking on the 2017 audits, then summary.  You can compare your number of entered cases with the sample guidance in the audit information sheets below.

2017/18 RCEM national clinical audits

Fractured Neck of Femur

Audit information pack  (updated 29 Nov 2017)
Audit proforma (updated 3 Aug 2017)
Data entry - (closed 4 Feb 2018)
Report (May 2018)
Presentation slides (May 2018)
Previous results (Feb 2017)

Procedural Sedation
Audit information pack  (updated 29 Nov 2017)
Audit proforma (updated 3 Aug 2017)
Data entry - (closed 4 Feb 2018)
Report (May 2018)
Presentation slides (May 2018)
Previous results (May 2017)

Pain in Children (moderate and severe pain)
Audit information pack (updated 29 Nov 2017)
Audit proforma (updated 3 Aug 2017)
Data entry - (closed 4 Feb 2018)
Report (May 2018)
Presentation slides (May 2018)
Previous results (May 2012)


Audit contacts

It is important for the College to maintain contact details for Consultants and administrators responsible for audit in their Departments in order to keep them informed of audit developments. Please notify the College administrator of any changes to your contact details (see details below).

 

Support

Should you have any questions please email audit@rcem.ac.uk or telephone 020 7400 6108.

2018/2019 Audits 

The three RCEM audit topics confirmed for 2018/2019 are:

1) Feverish Child
2) VTE risk in lower limb immobilisation 
3) Vital Signs in Adults

All of the above topics are on the Quality Accounts list for 2018/2019 and are felt to pose challenges for Emergency Departments at present. By conducting these clinical audits, RCEM hopes to support effective local and national quality improvement.

All Type 1 Emergency Departments - A consultant-led, 24 hour service with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation for the reception of emergency department patients, are urged to participate and focus on how care can be improved in these areas.


More details will follow after the audit cycle for 2017/2018 has closed.


External Audits


Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Audit Toolkit
A learning tool to support the quality of urgent and emergency care services for patients was launched on 30th March 2011 by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Go to the Audit Guidance page for more information and to download the toolkit.

National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals in England
For the first time, a survey of bereaved relatives' views has been performed alongside organisational and clinical audit elements, as part of a national audit of care of the dying. The audit was delivered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in collaboration with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool. The full national audit report and an executive summary can be downloaded from the RCP website.

NCAPOP and Audit Resources
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) manages and develops the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). In addition HQIP is developing guidance and resources to assist local clinical audit programmes. See more here

 

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