Call to speak to a real live human on: 01332 418150

Available Open Courses

Leading Audit & Improvement

Provider CPD Points Duration
Grow Medical from eMedicus Ltd.61 Day

Audit has always been a vital part of a robust, well-managed service and yet the combination of audit and improvement has taken on a whole new level of importance in a system that treats poor performance very harshly. This programme is aimed at medical and nursing staff wanting to contribute to the best outcomes for their service by learning how to identify improvement potential and then lead successful improvement work. It will also appeal to trainees wanting to optimise or develop depth in a skill set that is going to be increasingly valued by Trusts over coming years. The programme is highly practical, bringing in a range of techniques and approaches, backed up by effective project management. It also comes complete with our ground-breaking audit e-learning programme to ensure real depth of insight and skill.

Includes Core Skills in Clinical & Service Audit eLearning.


Going forward, we have made the decision to concentrate on our ever growing In House/Bespoke course delivery, rather than open courses. With ever greater financial pressures on Trusts, this allows us to deliver a lower per person cost, with no travel for delegates as an added bonus.

We are able to come into your trust and deliver highly cost-effective, first class training service to groups of typically between 8 – 20 delegates (larger numbers can be accommodated on request).  For 8 or more delegates, the in-house rate saves both Trust and individuals money, not to mention the time-saving from not having to travel. 

Most of our courses can be tailored to suit specific groups e.g. consultants, SAS doctors, allied healthcare professionals etc, or structured for mixed groups. We are also finding that 2 or 3 local trusts may join forces to put on a training course, allowing more attendees and thus lowering the cost per person still further.



  • Understanding & defining audit
  • Clinical vs. service audit
  • Why do audit?
  • The place of audit in a high performance, modern service
  • Use as a tool to improve clinical quality & service performance
  • Audit vs. research - know the difference
  • Understanding the different types of audit
  • Standards-based audit - the audit cycle
  • Structure, process and outcome audits
  • Retrospective vs. prospective audits
  • Choosing an audit topic
  • Using quality impact analysis to develop audit topics
  • The importance of clear audit purpose
  • Identifying evidence of best practice
  • Developing valid criteria and standards when there are no standards
  • Developing consensus
  • Use of the Delphi technique to establish criteria & standards
  • Ensuring confidentiality and adherence to Caldicott guidelines
  • The Data Protection Act during data collection
  • Developing appropriate data collection methods & tools
  • Sampling techniques
  • How to analyse data
  • Presenting data to develop clear understanding
  • Developing appropriate action plans
  • Writing an audit report


  • Understanding that improvement is also change
  • Critical principles in healthcare change
  • Characterisation of a typical improvement project
  • Identifying common pitfalls in unsuccessful projects
  • The Art of Getting Stuff Done - project leadership overview
  • Key steps & components in projects
  • Setting up projects to be successful from the start
  • Project stakeholders and the management of interests
  • Ensuring a project receives the support it needs
  • Project enablement - Will, Skill, Capacity & Authority
  • The importance of building a compelling case of need & vision
  • Ensuring understanding, alignment, engagement & motivation
  • Establishing an appropriate project plan - critical elements
  • Common pitfalls in the planning process
  • Providing appropriate direction, focus & control
  • Approval of activity - management by exception
  • Roles & responsibilities - right people, right time, right result
  • Projects with risk - taking a structured approach
  • PRINCE2 - overview of the project structure & process
  • Ensuring the leader is not the block
  • Actively managing the communication process

Course Dates

  • ~ - 30th, Jun 2030


  • Standard Price: £0.00

Book Now

This takes you to the Medmeetings course page for this course, from which you can see the latest availability & best available pricing, as well as book onto the course.

Click here to book onto this course

More Information & Compelling Reasons

Why Academyst?

Healthcare is tough today and the training you receive must adequately address that reality. No idealism or wishy-washy, overly academic regurgitation, just focused, bang up-to-date, hard-hitting, highly practical courses designed to address the things you need to be very good at today. Equally, your study leave time and budget are both scarce and precious. We won’t waste your time, we work hard to provide the very best training at professionally sustainable fees (lower than many) and we NEVER compromise on learning quality. Other practical reasons include:

  • 100% Money-back Guarantee
  • Just 12 Participants Per Course (Academyst Select)
  • Extremely experienced faculty with seniority & genuine gravitas
  • Many courses are augmented by significant additional e-learning for depth
  • Academyst Select Courses

Academyst Select is a truly comprehensive approach to supporting you from both the learning perspective and in how you use or implement that learning. By operating with reduced participants and days i.e. only working with comparatively few individuals, we are able to provide an unmatched and truly enabling level of support.

Academyst Select courses have as standard:

  • Open dialogue with the team and more targeted advice on your specific issues
  • Access to ongoing implementation advice
  • Full-sized PDFs of all slides used
  • Implementation Guide to help you apply principles and learning
  • Implementation Materials – actual documents, slides & models that you can use

Discover more about Academyst Select