Clinical Audits

National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA)

The NPEC operates as an audit stream within the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA). The NOCA provides assisted governance to sustainable clinical audit programmes across all health services in order to improve outcomes for Irish patients.

The NOCA has the responsibility of returning recommendations arising from its audits to hospitals, via structured governance systems. It also monitors changes applied through the actions of individual clinicians or through more general systems improvements to the care of patients.

On behalf of the NPEC, the NOCA ensures that recommendations made in successive NPEC audit reports are adequately reviewed by hospitals, with the aim of promoting continual learning. When identified, the NOCA will ensure that data outliers (identified by the NPEC) are reviewed, reported and escalated appropriately.

The NPEC places a high value on the importance of quality audit data, as well as on the review of audit output at hospital level. It is with this in mind that the NPEC operates as audit stream within the NOCA.

Further information on the NOCA can be obtained at:

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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