In 2010 we launched our clinical audit survey, and this has become part of the audit and QI landscape over the last decade. Based on feedback so far, the average time taken to complete the survey is just 6 minutes! Not only is it quick to complete, we also uphold current GDPR principles: we collect no identifiable data, we have reduced the number of questions over the years to ensure we focus on key information and we are clear and transparent creating a full report that includes all free-text and numeric data. Both the interim report and annual report are shared on our website and are thus open to everyone. The survey asks a wide range of questions that will be of interest to those working in local and national audit. Moreover, on 23 March 2020 we will be presenting the results at the national clinical audit for improvement 20th anniversary summit. Results are also shared with NHS England, HQIP and NQICAN to help make improvements. National leaders have referred to our survey as a ‘smoke alarm’ which can detect problems that need to be addressed. If you want to read the most recent report, click here. If you’d like to participate in the survey, click here.
Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that we have revised all of our root cause analysis training materials in line with the new NHS Patient Safety Strategy. In addition, our root cause analysis training is now accredited. All learners can gain a Level 3 qualification if they complete a short post-course assignment. We are also delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Healthcare Conferences UK to deliver London-based and in-house root cause analysis training. To find out more about their one-day and two-day courses, please click here. At the start of 2020 we also hope to create a short Dummies Guide for RCA and SEA as these two techniques are now being advocated to help improve safety and enhance learning from lessons. Our Clinical Audit Dummies Guide has proved a huge hit and we know busy NHS staff and healthcare professionals like these resources.
To assist those with an interest in clinical audit, we are delighted to be able to release a number of new bespoke Excel tools. Initially we are releasing three Excel spreadsheets with more to follow later in 2019. This work will also compliment the work we are undertaking on providing an accredited Excel course for audit and QI professionals. If you are interested in this, please get in touch. The first Excel spreadsheet is our ‘Is it Audit’ tool (click here) and by simply answering 4 questions you can determine if your idea is a clinical audit or not. Up second, we have our ‘Ready Reckoner’ (click here) and this allows you to quickly evaluate your audit idea to see if this is likely to be a successful audit project that is worth undertaking. In a similar vein, HQIP have allowed us to adapt their Quality Impact Analysis Tool (click here) and by completing the Excel form your proposed audit will be allocated a score out of 60. Both our ‘Ready Reckoner’ and HQIP tool will help you determine whether your audit is worth conducting and help you consider its relevant merits and weaknesses before commencement. Finally, our ‘Clinical Audit Critiquer’ (click here) allows you to review completed audits and by answering questions the project will be awarded a score out of 25. This is an approximate way of assessing the quality of an audit project based on a number of criteria that most would view as best practice.
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