A NHS service evaluation is a way to define or measure current practice within a specific service. The results of the service evaluation help towards producing internal recommendations for improvements that are not intended to be generalised beyond the service area. Therefore a service evaluation is designed to answer the question: what standard does this service achieve
A service evaluation, like clinical audits does not require ethical approval (REC) or review from Trust Research Governance; something Research Projects must adhere to. Similarly, they both investigate well established interventions, however only clinical audits pay reference to a standard; service evaluations do not.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss a service evaluation or clinical audit, please contact Pauline Young, Research Manager.