The Quality Accounts audit guidance sets out what trusts will need to do to support the audit of their 2011/12 Quality Accounts. The audit requirement applies to all NHS acute and mental health trusts that produce a Quality Account for 2011/12, as well as the Isle of Wight PCT.
The Quality Accounts: 2011/12 audit guidance supplements the Quality Accounts toolkit, which provides detailed information about producing a Quality Account. You can download the current Quality Accounts toolkit.
The audit guidance does not apply to foundation trusts authorised before 31 March 2012, which should instead refer to Monitor’s guidance for external assurance on quality reports.
In February 2012, the Department of Health and Monitor wrote to trusts to announce that, building on last year’s dry run, trusts should continue to have their Quality Accounts externally audited.