A clinical audit is one of the ways we measure and improve the quality of care and services we provide. It lets us know what we’re doing well, and where we could improve.

We complete both national and local clinical audits and publish them in our annual reports. You can read more about clinical audits on the NHS England website.

National audits apply to the services we deliver. It is called the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and it is commissioned and managed on behalf of NHS England by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes a quarterly planner where national clinical audits are measured against (NICE) guidance.

We also complete local clinical audits. These relate to trends or incidents identified through:

  • risks, complaints and patient experience
  • high volume services
  • potential issues
  • and areas that require  improvement
Contact Clinical Audit and Effectiveness

Robert Donlevy, Clinical Effectiveness and Audit  Manager
Clinical Governance Office
Voreda House
Penrith, Cumbria
CA11 7QQ
07966 715666


Kerryn Price, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Manager
The Pillars Building
Cumberland Infirmary
Newton Road
01228 616930