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Can you spare 6 minutes?

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.

Patient safety training and RCA

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.

New Excel tools released

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.

Request your CASC information pack

CASC have developed an electronic brochure that provides you with more details of the work that we support. There are lots of examples of how we can support clinical audit and quality improvement projects, plus the brochure includes sections on: accredited training, consultancy, patient safety work, help we provide to staff in primary care, case studies, clinical audit awareness week, etc.

Take a look at ‘stuff CASC like’

The CASC team like to keep as up-to-date as possible and we enjoy examining a wide range of materials and resources. This ‘stuff we like’ section does what it says on the tin! We will re-fresh this section of our homepage approximately every month and our aim is to focus on highlighting useful and ideally less mainstream materials that those working in audit, QI and patient safety will find stimulating and useful.

Get a copy of CASC’s latest jobs bulletin

Since 2009 the CASC team have diligently searched through the NHS Jobs website to identify current clinical audit and clinical effectiveness vacancies. From this information we produce our weekly clinical audit jobs bulletin and typically this is released every Monday. By producing this document, we aim to save local audit staff looking for new opportunities lots of time.


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