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NOCA launches five-year strategic plan

By Catherine Reilly - 25th Nov 2021

Doctor in scrubs uniform reading patient notes or medical chart

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) Strategy 2021-2025 has been launched today by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. The plan builds on the work of NOCA to date and outlines the direction and focus of the organisation for the next five years.

NOCA is widely recognised nationally for its expertise in national clinical audit. This is based on NOCA’s experience in designing, implementing and evolving national clinical audit to improve outcomes for patients. Currently NOCA manage the largest portfolio of national clinical audits and registries across the Irish healthcare system.

Minister Donnelly said: “I welcome the publication of the NOCA Strategy 2021-2025. This strategy outlines the key objectives of NOCA and will support and advance clinical audit. This, in turn, can improve outcomes and care for the patients who use our healthcare services. The progression of this strategy seeks to improve the development of clinical audits and the use of audit data to support patient care and quality improvement. This can support further healthcare reform and is aligned with the delivery of the Sláintecare programme.”

Ms Collette Tully, NOCA Executive Director, commented: “Our new Strategic Plan enables NOCA to continue to be the trusted organisation for reliable and independent clinical audit. In addition, it will also ensure NOCA expands and develops to meet the changing needs of the healthcare system while still ensuring that each NOCA audit is a driving force for improved care and patient outcomes”.

The plan highlights three key strategic pillars which will be prioritised over the next five years: national clinical audit excellence; audit development; and promoting national clinical audit.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Ms Brigid Doherty, Patient and Public Interest (PPI) Representative on the NOCA Governance Board, said: “When a group of people, working collaboratively, with different skills and perspectives come together to review data analysis, audit outcomes and recommendations for change, they can be a powerful lever of change. Adding the patient and public voice is a critical aspect of practice improvement and the acknowledgement of good practice. NOCA has worked hard to engage in a meaningful way with PPIs, developing a shared understanding and trust and this will continue to grow into the future”.

Copies of the NOCA Strategy 2021-2025 are available to download from the NOCA website here

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