We are delighted to be able to announce that CASC recently launched a new blogging page using Wix.com and this can be accessed here. Many of you will remember that we first set up an interactive blog in 2013 via our Clinical Audit Tools website. Like many clinical audit blogs, this established some early success but then declined and was moth-balled in 2016. We very much hope that our new blog will learn and build from our previous experience, resulting in a much more useful product. The new blog will not be limited to clinical audit and all articles will have a read time of no more than three minutes. Features will be fast-paced, fun, interesting and sometimes controversial. Our key aim will be to add new content every week and thus far we are keeping pace with this ambitious target. What’s more as part of #CAAW19 we will be offering a ‘Blog Takeover’ whereby we invite authors to submit content for us. You can write in name or anonymously, but the only stipulation is that articles need to be under 500 words. If you are interested, then please get in touch.
The seventh annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week aka #CAAW19 will run from 25 to 29 November 2019. This is an opportunity to champion all things clinical audit and to celebrate the fabulous work that those in our profession undertake to improve care and make it safer. The CASC team have been beavering away updating our resources for #CAAW19 and we have also been working on some new materials and ideas that will be shared via our Twitter and on our website in October. We have a dedicated #CAAW section on our website, click here, that features placards to download, guides and information on the annual junior doctor competitions. We have created a one-page infographic, click here, that provides more details of our plans and we are particularly excited about our idea to work with the audit community in #CAAW19 to collaborate and build a number of new resources. We will also be launching our 10th annual audit survey in #CAAW19 and we are inviting budding authors to submit content to our new blog as during #CAAW19 all new blogs will be from guest writers. If you are interested in writing a blog, please get in touch.
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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