The universal GP Training website for everyone, not just Bradford.   Created in 2002 by Dr Ramesh Mehay

The Bath Audit Course

the most simple way of understanding audit

03 Deciding What to Audit

Choose a subject that you consider to be important or significant.

Ways of Spotting Audit Topics

Ways of spotting audit topics                examples

Important clinical events                         admissions for asthma

“Significant events”                                 patient died of MI – no record of smoking history or BP

Patients’ complaints                                too long to get an appointment

Observation                                             no system for ensuring bag drugs up to date

Observations of staff                               patient on Warfarin not had INR for 6 months

NICE subjects                                          post-MI patients on aspirin


  • Choose something that interests you.
  • Check with others that would be involved with making changes – do they agree with your proposal? This is important – you won’t get changes made if you don’t carry people with you from the start.
  • There’s no point in auditing something that you think is already being done well – you will find plenty of problems that need to be sorted out first!

Setting Priorities

You may come up with a number of possible subjects to audit.

To help yourself prioritise, ask yourself:

  1. Is the problem common?
  2. Does it have serious consequences?
  3. Can I do something about it?

The Bath Audit Course, Designed by Dr Michael Harris (Bath)

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Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

Our fundamental belief is to openly and freely share knowledge to help learn and develop with each other.  Feel free to use the information – as long as it is not for a commercial purpose.   

We have a wealth of downloadable resources and we also welcome copyright-free educational material from all our users to help build our rich resource (send to

Our sections on (medical) COMMUNICATION SKILLS and (medical) TEACHING & LEARNING are perhaps the best and most comprehensive on the world wide web (see white-on-black menu header section on the homepage).