An Introduction to Clinical Audit for Radiographers

6. The audit cycle

Each hospital Clinical Audit team will have a preferred audit process to follow, and they may have helpful audit plan templates to use in both the planning and data collection phases. Audit processes are often explained as being cyclical in nature, as shown in the diagram below9. Once an audit question has been identified, appropriate standards need to be set and a method designed for gathering appropriate data to measure current practice. This data then needs to be analysed and measured against the standard, with appropriate recommendations for change made (if required). The audit process normally leads to a re-audit to assess the impact of the changes made, or continuing compliance to the standard.

The audit cycle
The audit cycle 9