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 undertake is set by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). If NHSE&I do not set an audit then you do not have to undertake this aspect. PSNC and the CPH will keep you updated regarding national audit requirements. For the latest information on requirements for the national and clinical audit please refer to the PSNC website.
Please remember that a clinical audit is a quality improvement process and should be viewed as a mechanism for gradually improving patient care. A helpful guide to clinical audit is available on the PSNC website.