Clinical Audits

What we do

At the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), we follow a collaborative process in conducting our audits. Here's how we work: 

  • Coordinators at Every Hospital: The first step is the identification of an audit coordinator at hospital level. This coordinator is a key part of our approach.
  • Involving Experts and Stakeholders: Our audits bring together clinical experts and relevant stakeholders, creating a diverse multidisciplinary team. We also include nominations from professional bodies and ensure patient representation in our audits.
  • Engaging Maternity Units: Our dedicated Audit Project Manager collaborates closely with unit coordinators, building strong relationships.
  • Reports and Outlier Identification: We generate individual reports for each hospital and identify outliers, following the NOCA Escalation Policy when necessary.
  • Site Visits: We conduct site visits, where the Director and Audit Project Manager/Data Coordinator personally visit every unit.
  • Feedback and Improvement: We host study days and feedback forums for continuous improvement.
  • Quality Data Collection Tools: Our NPEC Audit data collection tools are evidence-based, validated, and allow for international comparisons, ensuring the quality and integrity of our audit process, contributing to improved perinatal care. 

This comprehensive approach ensures the quality and integrity of our audit process, ultimately contributing to improved perinatal care.

The Audit Process

Conducting Clinical Audits

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Audit Governance Structures & Data Collection

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA)

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Collection of Data

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National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC)

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork,