E-learning resources for clinical audit




 Professor Terence Stephenson, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The RCPCH, working with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and a number of stakeholders, has developed a series of e-learning materials for Clinical Audit. These free resources support all healthcare professionals working in clinical audit and are available through the RCPCH and HQIP web pages as listed below:

An Introduction to Clinical Audit.ppt

Session 1, Plan: Thinking about doing clinical audit

Session 2, Do: Identifying and collecting data

Session 3, Study: Analysing and interpreting data

Session 4, Act: Feedback and changing practice


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  • Comprised of four complimentary sessions (one to two hours total study time)
  • Free, open-access materials for all learners
  • No need to register - simply click on the links above
  • Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Endorsed by a multi-professional stakeholder group (see members below)

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Supported by the RCGP

'The RCGP is pleased to support this module which will be of great value to anyone interested in clinical audit and quality improvement.'

Imran Rafi,
Medical Director RCGP
Clinical Innovation and Research Centre


Further Resources and Links

  • HQIP online learning resources - visit the webpage.
  • RSM Videos - Professor Sir Brian Jarman OBE delivers the annual Pioneer lecture, covering topics including quality of healthcare, improvement and regulation in the NHS - watch the video.
  • Find out more about the College’s clinical audit and standard setting work.

Meet the Team

Dr James Paton - Clinical Lead and Content Author

James is the clinical lead for the Clinical Audit e-learning project. He is currently Clinical Reader in Medical Research at the University of Glasgow.

James Paton has been Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Disease at the University of Glasgow since 1989 and a Reader since 2003.  His main current research interests are in health services research in paediatric asthma care and in physical activity in young children and its role in the development of obesity.

Janet Husk - Content Author

Janet is Programme Manager, Healthcare of Older People, Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU), Royal College of Physicians, London.

Janet is a registered nurse, completing her general nurse training in Canterbury, Kent and then undertook an intensive care nursing course. Worked as a staff nurse in a general adult intensive care unit for several years, and went on to work as a “ward” sister on a high dependency unit which admitted single organ failure patients, such as respiratory requiring ventilation or cardiac, post myocardial infarctions. 

Rita Ranmal - Content Author

Rita is the Clinical Standards Co-ordinator at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Rita joined the College in 2005 as the staff lead for clinical standards. Rita's work includes developing standards, promoting evidence based practice to Members and other College departments, and managing quality improvement / clinical audit projects to improve standards. Rita's background is in psychology and research methods.

Dr Alice Roueché - Content Co-author

Alice is a South London Paediatric trainee, currently in the penultimate year of SpR training.  Particular interests include developing leadership and management training for junior doctors with a focus on quality improvement and promoting trainee engagement and participation in postgraduate medical education.

Alice has just completed a year on secondment to the London Deanery as a Darzi Fellow.  She is leading on the Deanery’s ‘Beyond Audit’ project which aims to get junior doctors involved in quality improvement projects.

Steve van Vloten (3Degrees) - e-learning developer

Steve van Vloten works through his own company, 3Degrees, and specialises in e-learning development and software innovation for professional education, training and continuing professional development (CPD).

Steve began consulting independently in 2006 following a ten year career in secondary education spanning Australia, Japan and the UK where he also played lead roles in e-learning and learning technology innovation initiatives for schools and local authorities. Steve has recently contributed to education and training programmes for the NHS and Department of Health, a number of UK medical Royal Colleges, City University, St Mary's University College, Ford Europe, Honda and Cannon.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please get in touch on education.provision@rcpch.ac.uk.