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SIGN Audit tools

Audit is an essential part of postgraduate training for doctors. SIGN has audit tools to help you carry out clinical audit in your workplace

Who are SIGN?

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Their objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.

The membership of SIGN includes all the medical specialties, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, professions allied to medicine, patients, health service managers, social services, and researchers. The work of SIGN is supported by an Executive based at Elliott House, Hillside Crescent in Edinburgh. SIGN is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

SIGN has a programme of evidence-based clinical guidelines - published, in development, or under review - covering a wide range of topics. Many of the SIGN guidelines relate to the NHS priority areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and mental health. Comments on any of the published guidelines are welcome and will be used to inform the review process.

What help is there for my audit project?

SIGN has developed a series of audit tools to support the implementation of its guidelines. Many of these tools have been developed by healthcare professionals in training and provide a valuable educational resource as well as support putting evidence into practice. The audit tools are available from the SIGN website along with instructions and data feedback sheets: www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/audit


People who download an audit form are encouraged to upload summary audit data to inform SIGN of the results of any implementation work. In return, SIGN will issue an approved certificate. Further details available from: qis.SIGNaudit@nhs.net

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