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2014/15 RCEM national clinical audits

    Registration is now open for the 2014/15 clinical audits. Information regarding the aims, methodology, criteria and data collection period for each audit can be found by clicking on the links below. 

    How to register

    Only Acute Trusts/Health Boards in the UK or Ireland that operate Type 1 Emergency Departments are eligible to participate in RCEM audits. To register, either the clinical lead for audits in your Emergency Department or your organisations's audit/governance team manager should complete the following:

    • Download and read the information provided about each audit (see above)
    • Download and complete the RCEM Clinical Audits Registration Form
    • Return the completed form to  (The data collection will go live on 1 August 2014. We will accept registrations after this date)
    • Raise a purchase order for the relevant amount and inform the College.

    Once registered EDs will be sent details on how to access the online data collection system ( Users that registered for 2013/14 audits will retain their previous usernames and passwords (note - access to 2014/15 audits will be dependent on receiving the registration form).

    Data collection system updates for 2014/15

    A number of features have been improved for the 2014/15 audits. A summary of the changes can be found on the audit site bulletin board. Full details about how to use the system can be found in the user manual. Thank you to everyone who sent feedback about the system, which was of great help in making the improvements.

    2015/16 RCEM national clinical audits

    We are pleased to announce that the new topics for the 2015/16 clinical audits will be:

    • Vital signs in children
    • Procedural sedation
    • VTE in patients with lower limb immobilisation

    If your ED is interested in piloting one or more of these audits, please contact

    We are finalising the documents for these audits, and anticipate these being ready late Spring 2015.  Data entry will open in August 2015.

    Each of the three audits are on the Quality Accounts 2015/16 list.

    External Audits

    Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Audit Toolkit

    A learning tool to support the quality of urgent and emergency care services for patients has being launched on 30th March 2011 by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Go to the Audit Guidance page for more information and to download the toolkit.

    National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals in England

    For the first time, a survey of bereaved relatives' views has been performed alongside organisational and clinical audit elements, as part of a national audit of care of the dying. The audit was delivered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)  in collaboration with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool. The full national audit report and an executive summary can be downloaded from the RCP website

    NCAPOP and Audit Resources

    The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) manages and develops the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). In addition HQIP is developing guidance and resources to assist local clinical audit programmes.


    Audit contacts

    It is important for the College to maintain contact details for Consultants and administrators responsible for audit in their Departments in order to keep them informed of audit developments. Please notify the College administrator of any changes to your contact details (see details below).



    Should you have any questions please e-mail or phone 020 7067 1269.



    Your Department’s audit data will be compared against previous and national results. Reports for 2012/13 were e-mailed to EDs in May 2013.


    Previous audit results