The importance of audit has been recognised, amongst others, by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine both in the syllabus for its examinations and its support for research and development of audit.
There are expectations of quality
and audit, when working in a commercial environment, that are applied to
occupational health services as well as to other health services. Audit
is an important tool to help achieve quality in a form of 'benchmarking'
but cannot be seen in isolation. Thus, appropriate training of occupational
health professionals is more likely to produce a high quality process of
"care" than an attempt to improve the quality of the work of inadequately
trained professionals through audit.
The concept of 'clinical governance' is now an important tenet in the National Health Service in Britain, as well as in the health care sector world wide. This has a number of elements within it, including clinical accountability, and quality - and audit plays an important part in achieving this.
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