Clinical audit

Clinical audit

Contractors must undertake a clinical audit each year, the topic of which they choose. In addition to this pharmacy-based audit they must also complete an audit on a topic that has been determined by NHS England (the NHS England audit for 2018/19 has not yet been announced). 

The NHS England determined audit

Since the introduction of the CPCF in 2005 community pharmacies have been required to carry out an annual audit where the topic of the audit was determined locally by the PCT or latterly by the local NHS England team.

It was agreed that in 2014/15, rather than audit topics being chosen by local NHS England teams, one nationally agreed audit would be undertaken by all pharmacies on the emergency supply of medicines.

PSNC believes this represented a good opportunity for the sector to demonstrate the importance of its work in this area and the positive impact that pharmacy emergency supplies can have in reducing the demand for urgent and emergency services such as out of hours GP care, NHS 111 and Emergency Departments. The audit may also be useful in helping pharmacies to identify patients suitable for the repeat dispensing service.

Information on the 2014/15 CPCF national clinical audit on emergency supply

Q. Must I send the results of my clinical audit to NHS England?
No. It is not a requirement in the terms of service to send your clinical audit results to NHS England. However, pharmacy contractors should be prepared to demonstrate they have carried out a clinical audit (as required by the terms of service) at the time of any contract monitoring visit carried out by NHS England.


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