The audit was divided into two parts: a 'core audit', and an
'enhanced audit'. 210 hospitals completed the core audit in
the first round and 55 of these hospitals (145 wards)
participated in the more in-depth enhanced audit.
What was involved in the core audit?
The core audit was open to all general acute hospitals, or those
providing general acute services on more than one ward.
The core audit had two modules:
Data collection began in
March 2010 and concluded in July 2010.
What was involved in the Enhanced audit?
The enhanced audit involved fewer general hospitals and had
It evaluated the quality of person-centred care provided at
ward level and the experiences of patients and carers. This helped
us understand the perspectives of patients who may not be able
to tell us directly about their experiences, for example because
they have dementia, delirium or another condition which affects
their memory or ability to communicate.
Each ward participating in the enhanced audit was asked to
- Observation of care interactions:
- This module was a research program managed by
Professor John Young (a consultant geriatrician) and Rosemary
Woolley (a research fellow), based in the Academic Unit of Elderly
Care and Rehabilitation, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust and the University of Leeds. The unit has a record
of more than 15 years of health services research using
multi-method research designs.
Data collection began in April 2010 and finished in August 2010,
with exception of the observation module that began
in January 2011 and concluded in April 2011.
When were results published?
Hospitals received local reports for the core audit in December
2010 and for the enhanced audit in March 2011. The national
report was published in December 2011.