We are delighted to be able to release the interim report for our annual clinical audit survey. CASC first ran the survey in 2010 so we now have nine sets of data, over eight years to compare. We would like to thank all 183 respondents that took the time to provide feedback. Once again, the majority of respondents classified themselves as a ‘clinical audit professional’ (60%) and 55% work in acute care. Highlights this year include: a significant jump in respondents stating they feel ‘more positive’ towards clinical audit than a year ago (up to 45% from 32% in 2017), a small improvement in views on national audits, a sharp rise in the number of respondents stating they have more local resources for clinical audit and a clear drop in the number stating they intend to leave audit in the next 5 years. This time we have also collected valuable feedback on: the best attributes of NCAs and suggestions on how the national audits can be improved. These will appear in the full report (scheduled for April). Read the interim report, here. Take a look at our one-page summary, here.
As many of you will be aware, a number of new keynote documents were published in January 2019 that have significant implications for those of us working in clinical audit and quality improvement. The NHS Long Term Plan, available here, sets out how the NHS will adapt to and meet a number of key challenges over the next decade. The plan focuses on affordability of the service, the need to address health inequalities and the need to ensure care is safe and high quality. Clinical audit and QI feature within the plan and CASC have created a simple one-page guide that highlights the key points, click here. In addition, January 2019 also marked the publication of Investment and Evolution: a five-year framework for GP contract reform, available here. This document has clinical audit very much at its heart and states that there will be a new CVD national clinical audit for primary care. The framework also provides details of important QOF changes, plus information on prescribing and end of life care audits that practices will be expected to take part in. We have created a one-page flyer that identifies the new clinical audit arrangements, click here.
We have released dates for forthcoming accredited clinical audit training (11 April and 7 June) and we continue to offer our distance-learning course at a reduced rate of £500, click here for more details. The CASC team are in the process of refreshing materials for our Train the Trainer and Root Cause Analysis courses. As stated previously, we are also planning to develop audit materials for social care, so do please get in touch if you are interested. We are currently working on a variety of new materials for our website and these will include a series of Excel tools plus more guides and information leaflets. In recent times we have been collaborating with Practice Index website to create a new online training package to help teams reduce the number of patients that miss their appointments. This will also include promotional materials and an Excel Tracking Tool. This will be released in February 2019.
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