Improving the Care of People in Substance Misuse Services: Clinical Audit Project Examples
Kirsty MacLean Steel and Claire Palmer
Clinical audit is an essential part
of modern health care delivery. This book developed by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit, contains a selection of
clinical audit projects within substance misuse services, all of
which have been carried out in practice, with some still in
progress. The projects have been divided into topic areas and
formatted into structured abstracts for ease of use.
" A significant proportion of the
audit presentations in this book are focused on organisational and
management processes: speedy assessment and recording of
informtion, initiation of treatment, monitoring and reviewing, as
well as communications with other professionals and agencies about
The findings indicate that
interagency liaison is essential to mobilise the range of resources
required to further improve services. The need for effective
working relationships with accident and emergency units and
psychiatric liaison services, especially in cases of deliberate
self-harm, was highlighted.
It is well worth hearing what the
contributors have to say, to take account of the lessons that they
learned from their experiences, and to attempt to remedy the causes
of frustrations and distress, while also acknowledging
- Ilana B.
Crome, Royal College of Psychiatrists' Substance Misuse
- 'Live' examples of clinical audit projects and advice from the
people who carried out the clinical audits.
- Quality & effectiveness staff
- Clinical audit co-ordinators