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Countdown is on for #CAAW18

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There are now less than 50 days until this year’s Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW18) that runs from 19-23 November 2018. Once again, CASC will be supplying lots of resources to help publicise and promote clinical audit. Last year our clinical audit pledge cards proved hugely popular and we have expanded the range of cards available this year. To help clinical audit novices we have also created an 8-page Clinical Audit for Dummies guide, available here. The purpose of the guide is to help those new to audit to understand the process and how to undertake a meaningful first audit project. We are also planning competitions, awards, quizzes, case studies and short stories as part of #CAAW18 and more details are available in our brochure, click here. Keep track of our website and @cascleicester Twitter account as we will be releasing materials in the run-up to awareness week. Don’t forget to use #CAAW18 to raise the profile of clinical audit

CASC training events update

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It is with great disappointment that we are announcing that our planned third national event for local Mental Health teams (scheduled for 8 November) has been postponed to 2019. Sadly, not all of the key national stakeholders were able to support the event and so we are looking towards Spring 2019. Particular thanks to Linda Chadburn and Alan Quirk on putting a lot of effort into this planned event. However, we are delighted to announce that we will be running our SEA for Care Homes event on 27 November and the Leicestershire Non-Medical Prescribers conference will take place on 11 December. Both these events are free to local staff but do get in touch if you are interested as we may be able to offer places for interested ‘external’ parties for a small additional fee.

Finalists announced

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We are delighted to be able to announce finalists have been shortlisted for both our 2018 junior doctor awards and our 2018 Clinical Audit Award. The junior doctor awards are now in their ninth year and once again we had an excellent response to both the clinical audit and QI competitions. Since the competitions were launched in 2010 we have had over 1,000 entries. We would like to congratulate the six finalists selected in each competition. Click here to for the clinical audit finalists and click here for the quality improvement finalists (particularly well done to South London and Maudsley!). Our Clinical Audit Prize is a new competition that we started in Spring and this was open to anyone. We have shortlisted seven finalists for the prize and you can find out more, here. We will announce the winners of all the competitions as part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week in November (#CAAW18).

Annual CASC survey: report released

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In 2010 CASC set up what has become known as our annual State of Clinical Audit survey. First and foremost, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all 175 respondents who took the time to share their invaluable feedback, plus NQICAN and the regional networks for helping promote the survey. We have now accumulated eight years of data, totalling over 1000 responses and we know of no comparative survey, one-off or cumulative. As ever, it is not for CASC to interpret the results and in true clinical audit fashion the report simply reports the relevant data. This year we have created a new and concise report, available here, with easily understandable graphs in true #plotthedots style. In due course we will be sharing the free-text responses on how to improve national audits with HQIP, NHS England and NQICAN. We have also created a one-page flyer that shows the key findings from the report, here.

New publications coming soon

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We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been working on a number of key publications over the summer and these will be released in coming months. We published the headline findings of our annual “State of Clinical Audit” survey in January and the full report will be released before the end of September. This year’s report will be a much-improved offering adopting a more professional format. In addition, we have been continuing our work in collaboration with primary care teams. Our six-month project that led to participating GP practices reducing their “did not attend” rates by 20% in 6 months has resulted in a “DNA Toolkit” that is at the stage of final review. We are also very close to completing a study of Patient Participation Groups and patient involvement in general practice. This has been an extensive undertaking and again the draft guide is currently being reviewed by experts in the field. We envisage that this will be published in the Autumn and will be useful to any healthcare teams trying to engage patients in wider collaborative initiatives.

Join one of our accredited courses

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Since 2006 CASC have offered a range of high quality accredited courses for healthcare professionals. Whether you are looking for training in clinical audit, wider quality improvement techniques or patient safety then we will be able to help you. Experienced trainers facilitate all of our courses and we offer training in a wide-range of options, for example: central training in London and Leicester, in-house training, distance-learning courses, etc. Our aim is to make training relevant, practical, relaxed and fun. Overall, 99% of learners recommend our courses so please contact if you would like to know more. We are happy to build bespoke courses to meet the precise needs of your delegates. Click here to see our courses.

Get involved in Twitter

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to external websites, but we implore those with an interest in clinical audit and QI to join Twitter. As a business we have been on Twitter since 2009 and it is very noticeable that in recent times more and more NHS clinical audit teams and staff are creating accounts and using Twitter. Indeed, most of the key national bodies involved in clinical audit like HQIP, NQICAN and the Royal Colleges that run many of the national audits now make their major announcements via Twitter first. CASC are committed to using Twitter on a daily basis and we try to highlight the key tweets relevant to clinical audit and QI. For those who want to get started with Twitter, we have also created a simple guide to help, click here.

Issue 289 of audit jobs bulletin now available

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre launched their Clinical Audit Jobs Bulletin in June 2009. Every two weeks we search through all of the clinical audit-related jobs advertised on the NHS jobs website and produce a relevant document that will enable audit professionals to see what jobs are currently available. We list the main descriptors for each role, e.g. employing organisation, job title, salary, location and closing date. We have also noted the job reference number that will allow you to find further details of jobs that you want more information on without spending lots of time searching the entire NHS jobsite database. To download the Jobs Bulletin, click here.

Request your CASC information pack

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CASC have developed a short PDF information guide that provides you with more details in relation to the work we conduct. The PDF includes the following sections: introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The information guide provides a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals and teams to improve care and make it safer. The case studies showcase real-life examples of how our work has assured best practice and saved money. To access a copy of the information guide in PDF format, click here.

Register for the CASC E-News!

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Since we launched our E Newsletter in February 2007 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up! The E News is free and delivered direct to your email account every two months. The newsletter provides you with a mix of CASC-related and other clinical audit news to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of clinical audit. If you have missed a previous issue of E News please visit the community section of our website where all previous issues are archived. Follow this link to sign up for your copy.

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