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Clinical audit and peer review

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.

Clinical audit 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 improved. 

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.