Audit deadline approaches

Ensure you are compliant before the three-year audit cycle ends in July 2016

19 November, 2015 / infocus

NHS primary care dentists are being urged to act soon to ensure compliance as the three-year audit cycle starts to come to an end.

The current period ends on 31 July 2016 but, with audit projects normally taking up to six months, any dentists who are short of clinical audit hours need to be aware of their options.

NHS Education for Scotland’s (NES) director of postgraduate GDP education and national lead for clinical audit activity Tony Anderson explained that NES has restructured the clinical audit section of its website to provide a simple, step-by-step process.

He said: “Reading the guidance in advance and following the steps, will minimise the risk of a project or a final report being rejected, or amendments being requested.”

The deadline for practitioners wishing to use NES’s online system for new audit project applications is 18 December at the latest.

“This will allow us time to review the application to request any amendments that may be required and to issue approval by the end of January, which will ensure that the end date for the project is on or before 31 July 2016,” said Anderson,

Pre-approved projects will continue to be available to join and submit until the end of January, after which they will be withdrawn. SEA final reports can be submitted until the end of July – events must have occurred in the previous six months.

For more information

Visit or email if you have any questions on the application, review and approval process.

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