Clinical audit is part of the NHS clinical governance framework for
dentistry. It is overseen by local primary care organisations who can
implement their own local arrangements for audit activities. This means
that in some areas, the local PCO may specify certain projects to be
carried out, whereas in others they will let dental practices make their
own choices within the framework of requirements. The arrangements are
no longer centrally controlled or reimbursed.
encourages individual GDPs to examine different aspects of their
practice, to make improvements where the need is identified and, from
time to time, to re-examine areas that have been audited to make certain
that a high quality of service is being maintained or further
Peer review provides an opportunity
for groups of dentists to get together to review aspects of practice.
The aim is to share experiences and identify areas in which changes can
be made to improve the quality of service offered to patients.