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Annual audit survey: final report published

We are delighted to announce that we have now released the final version of our annual clinical audit survey. This was first carried out in 2010 and we have now completed all the analysis and feedback in relation to the data received in December 2018. The final report builds on the initial interim report, released in February 2019 and for transparency purposes includes ALL free-text comments received from respondents. As this is the 9th annual survey that we have undertaken, it is easy to identify new and ongoing trends from the feedback we have received from 183 respondents. The free-text comments are open to interpretation (hence why we have included them all) but broadly speaking they suggest that while national audits aid benchmarking of care across participating organisations, problems persist with many NCAs, for example: burden of data collection, burden of the wider NCA programme and delays in publishing timely results and reports. To download the new 43-page report, please click here. We have also created an infographic here, that provides a quick overview of numeric results.

CASC audit/QI competitions launched

We are delighted to be able to announce full details of our clinical audit and QI competitions for 2019. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our first-ever junior doctor audit competition and we are proud to have had so many high-quality projects submitted since 2010. Indeed, many submissions have been published in online journals. As with previous years, juniors can submit to either our clinical audit or QI project awards and this flyer provides more details. Juniors have until 30 August to submit their entries and the entry forms can be downloaded here. In addition to the junior doctors, for the first time ever in 2019 we are running competitions for nursing staff. This flyer supplies more details and effectively the competitions are open to nursing staff (as defined as Nursing and Midwifery Council members) that have led a clinical audit or QI project. Nurses have until 2 August to submit their entries via these forms. In both instances, finalists will be asked to produce posters showcasing their work with judging taking part during Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW19 (25 to 29 November 2019).

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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