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Professional Competence

Guidelines and Resources


Your Audit or Quality Improvement Project



The Clinical (Practice) Audit or Quality Improvement Project is not the same as CPD - it's a separate Professional Competence requirement.

To meet this requirement, you must complete one audit or quality improvement project about an aspect of your own practice every year, and record it in the relevant form in your ePortfolio for Professional Competence. This project must be conducted and completed between 1 May and 30 April, in line with the Professional Competence year.

This is a requirement for ALL doctors enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme, not just those working in hospitals.

We recommend spending at least 12 hours per year on your audit or quality improvement project. If you find it difficult to identify a topic, the information below will help.


Useful Courses

Learn more about Audit and Quality Improvement

Performing Audit is an online course that will help you plan, design and conduct a clinical audit. It outlines how to mitigate risks and improve quality of service, which ultimately leads to improved patient care.

It will also help you decide what to audit and provides practical quality improvement tools to help you undertake your own audit.

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Learn about the fundamentals of Quality Improvement

If you would like to know the basics of Quality Improvement, the one-hour online course Fundamentals of Quality Improvement is perfect for you. It is suitable for everyone working in the health service.

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Learn about key data protection requirements in a clinical setting

GDPR in a Clinical Setting is a one-hour online course that provides a practical introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its application in the clinical setting.

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Quality Improvement Project Guide

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Quality Improvement Project Guide

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The Audit Tool for Antibiotic Prescribing was developed by the RCPI Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group. This useful tool can be easily adapted to audit any aspect of your practice.

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Start Smart Antibiotic Audit Tool

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This document is produced by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland (FPHMI) to support participants of the FPHMI Professional Competence Scheme to complete one clinical audit / quality improvement project each year.


Suggested Topics

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Occupational Medicine

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Public Health Medicine

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General Medicine

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Project Examples

The examples below were kindly provided by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The principles can be applied to any specialty or type of practice

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Lower Back Pain

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Ethics in Occupational Medicine

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Patient Experience Survey

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