We are delighted to be able to announce that CASC have launched a new blogging page using Wix.com and this can be accessed here. Some 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, thus making the new resource dynamic and current. We also want to make the new blog interactive and with this in mind visitors to our blog page will be able to add comments and we invite guest blogs from those working in clinical audit, QI and patient safety. We published six blogs in August 2019 focusing on a range of subjects from never events to clinical audit jobs to plagiarism. Do please take a look and get involved!
The new NHS Patient Safety Strategy, entitled ‘Safer culture, safer systems, safer patients’ was published in July. CASC have been reviewing the strategy and will be ensuring that the Root Cause Analysis and Significant Event Audit training we deliver meets best practice requirements in the strategy. Do get in touch on (0116) 264 3411 if you would like more information about the accredited patient safety courses we run. We have also developed a ‘Stuff We Like’ infographic to provide a summary of the key components of the strategy. The strategy recognises that investigations need to be led by those trained and who have allocated time and resource to complete the work. It is heartening to see that the document advocates cross setting investigations and better engagement with patients, families and carers. Also encouraging a wider incident review methodology is a welcome addition as is the inclusion of primary care requirements to ensure robust investigation of incidents and clear linkage to the improvement agenda in the organisation. Please click here to view the infographic.
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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