Significant Event Audit: guidance for primary care teams

This guidance published by NHS Education for Scotland aims to support primary care teams in conducting effective significant event audits with the aim of improving care for all patients.
Download Significant Event Audit: quick guide Significant Event Audit: guidance for primary care teams
Effective SEAs allow primary care teams to highlight and learn from both strengths and weaknesses in patient care provision.
This guidance, produced in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Agency, gives primary care teams a tool to develop a structured and effective SEA process and embed it as an improvement tool within their practice. The guidance defines the process, outlines effective practices, and demonstrates what can be achieved through examples.
The guidance covers the seven stages of an effective SEA

  1. Awareness and prioritisation of a signi cant event
  2. Information gathering
  3. The facilitated team-based meeting
  4. Analysis of the significant event
  5. Agree, implement and monitor change
  6. Write it up
  7. Report, share and review