To comply with the NHS contractual requirements associated with the Clinical Governance Essential Service, pharmacy contractors must perform an annual practice based audit. Audit is an integral aspect of ongoing clinical effectiveness and provides data of how patients are supported by community pharmacy systems and procedures.
Please note that the other audit that community pharmacy must undertaken is set by NHS England. As may be the case which was the same for last year in 2015-16 if NHS England do not set an audit then you do not have to undertake this aspect. The LPC will keep you updated regarding any national audit.
Please remember that a clinical audit is a quality improvement process and should be viewed as a mechanism for gradually improving patient care. Helpful information on a guide to clinical audit can be founds on the PSNC website: http://psnc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/a_guide_to_clinical_audit.pdf.
Hertfordshire LPC is committed to supporting contractors, and when audit results are collated and analysed, this will highlight opportunities for service developments locally and will provide robust evidence of community pharmacy teams’ contributions to supporting patients.
Hertfordshire LPC works to provide at least one Practice audit for use each year.
This service is available to you use should you wish, practice audit is a compulsory part of the Essential Services but you may conduct any audit you feel appropriate to improvement of your practice. For details for this current year please email LPCdesk@hertslpc.org.uk
The LPC releases reports for practice audits – see below for reports.
The results from the MCA audit will be published here shortly.