Social care audit in practice: summary guide

SCIE Social Care Online
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This summary guide for frontline leaders and teams sets out a step-by-step approach to social care audit using the quality improvement cycle, which involves people who use services. It provides an introduction to social care audit, covering: what care audit is and how you can use it to improve the quality of your services; the four key stages of the care audit quality cycle; and the importance of involving the people who use your services. The care audit approach described provides a system for checking how well the services you provide meet evidence-based standards, highlights how services might be improved, and ensures that changes are implemented to improve care and outcomes for people who use services. It is one of a suite of guidance developed to support social care professionals to undertake care audit.