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National Audit Group

National Audit Group


  • Dr Vanessa Apea Chair
  • Dr Ann Sullivan Vice Chair
  • Dr Hilary Curtis Audit Co-Ordinator (now retired)


  • National audits of clinical practice in sexual health/genitourinary medicine clinics against the BASHH Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG) National Guidelines
  • A forum to discuss national and regional audit programmes
  • Response to requests for national audits by the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV
  • Specification of key auditable outcomes for the common genitourinary conditions, using the clinical guidelines of the CEG as the standard of care

Significant activities

  • National audit of management of Mycoplasma genitalium infection completed
  • BASHH Board approval for the renewal of the clinical audit coordinator role following the planned retirement of the current coordinator at the end of 2022
  • Recruitment of new audit coordinator
  • Liaison with Clinical Effectiveness Group and reviewing and advising on auditable outcomes for the management of ano-genital warts
  • Ongoing liaison with the UK Health Security Agency and National Chlamydia Screening Programme
  • Ongoing liaison with the LUSTRUM project regarding piloting of proposed new partner notification audit measures

Performance/Outputs in the year 2023-2024

  • Presentation of management of Mycoplasma genitalium audit findings and overview of quality improvement processes at 2023 BASHH conference
  • Dissemination of individualised reports from the management of Mycoplasma genitalium audit to participating services

Future plans

  • National audit of HIV testing in sexual health services (clinic attenders not tested for HIV)
  • originally planned for 2023 but postponed to February 2024 due to delayed recruitment of audit co-ordinator
  • Ongoing work to map of key topics for audit based on the HIV Action Plan, BASHH standards, Sexual Health Strategy and PrEP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, as well as BASHH guidelines

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