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The audit – this assignment helps to ‘set the scene’ for the final project work
It should be 1500 words ＝/-10%
The audit is formally marked and contributes 40% of your final mark. It is expected to be a small scale audit due to the limited time scale.
An audit is a measure of what ′we should be doing′ based on current ′best practice′.
The following gives a suggested layout for your audit write up, and may help in planning your work.
Explain your reasons for choosing this particular subject area and ensure appropriate references are provided for any statements made.
Aim and objectives (an aim is an overall statement of intent)
Objectives can be written to demonstrate how the aim will be achieved.
What do you hope to achieve by doing this audit?
Criteria and Standard(s)
This is a brief but important part of the write up as it defines what you are measuring and what you will compare your findings with.
Criteria are the measures that you evaluate the subject matter against – the quality of care to be achieved based on what is considered current ‘best practice’ (often national guidelines such as NICE).
Your standard is a realistic percentage of people that should achieve the stated criteria within the practice being audited (how does your own practice compare to what is considered ‘best practice’).
State clearly your criteria and standards.
This section of the audit is important but normally quite short.
Provide the evidence base to support your reasons with appropriate references.
Methodology (Action plan)
Explain systematically how you obtained and analysed data for this audit. Your methodology must be concise and reproducible.
What were your findings and how do they compare to the criteria and standards?
How do these compare to local and national guidelines?
Recommendations for Change in Practice
What changes will you make in clinical practice as a result of this audit? How could these changes be implemented?
Expected Improvements in Diabetes Care
What improvements will be made in diabetes care as a result of your recommendations?
Identify what change in practice you will take forward for your final project work based on the recommendations made in the audit.
State when you plan to repeat this audit within your practice (this will not be undertaken during this course of study) but needs to be established as this completes the audit cycle.
Identify what you have learned from undertaking this audit
What have you learned from undertaking this audit?
Reflecting on your own learning outcomes is an important aspect of adult learning.
This should be a list of all reference material cited in the text. References should be formatted in Harvard or another recognised, consistent style.