Auditing VTE prevention care is a requirement of the NHS Standard Contract (2018-2019) and is also a significant part of the Exemplar Centre criteria.
NHS England values clinical audit as “a way to find out if health care is being provided in line with standards, letting care providers and patients know where their service is doing well, and where there could be improvements.” (NHS England 2018)
The current NHS Standard Contract (NHS Standard Contract 2017/19 and 2018/19 Service Conditions (Full Length) May 2018 edition) outlines on page 21 (SC22 Venous Thromboembolism) the requirements for VTE related audit. These are;
Results of audits should be reported to the relevant commissioners.
Aside from the required national data collection for VTE risk assessment, Exemplar Centres are required to audit;
Results of audits of VTE prevention practice have been published and have often been used to drive quality improvement programs.