What was the audit?
I completed an audit of patients that I referred as a Physiotherapist to specialist community services/IMATT in the North of Tyne Region.
What was most valuable to you that you found?
The audit allowed me to monitor the referrals and the decisions I made about patients. From this, I was then able to see what the outcome of the IMATT assessment was and whether or not the outcome was what I was expecting or if it was something different.
How did this improve care for patients, staff and/or customers?
This allowed me to consider different aspects of onward referral for my reflection, as well as refine my clinical reasoning about why I wanted specialist input or steroid injections. This in turn can improve patient care by ensuring patients are being referred at the right time and for the right type of outcome.
What did you learn/enjoy and what were you excited about by being involved in clinical audit?
I feel clinical audit is important in order to assess what areas are working well and what areas could be developed upon.
In my own experience of this audit, I found that most of my referrals for further investigation went ahead, within the specialist IMATT service.
However, in some cases I was probably referring on too early for steroid injections opinions, as patients were being advised to try and continue with physiotherapy treatment for longer.
As a result of this, I now have a greater understanding about what treatments might be most effective to consider. This will help me to have discussions with my patients as a Physiotherapist.