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CASC release #CAAW18 plans

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With the 6th annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW18) fast approaching, we are delighted to release our brochure informing those who will be taking part of our initial plans. We have always supported awareness week and our resources for 2017 proved very popular, particularly our clinical audit pledge cards. These have been updated and will be made available again, but this year we will be doing lots more. For us, the main purpose of #CAAW18 is to focus on “real-world” clinical audit and with this in mind we will be sharing examples of best practice in the form of case studies and competition posters. We are planning to feature short stories of former clinical audit staff to highlight how clinical audit can help springboard careers. We are also running two new competitions with cash prizes geared to raising the profile of clinical audit in a fun and positive way: audit acronyms and audit strapline competition. Finally, we are aware that previous awareness weeks have mainly focused on hospitals, but this does not reflect how audit is delivered across healthcare in 2018. Therefore, we will be sharing our new best practice guide for audit in general practice. If you are making plans for 19-23 November, please take a look at our brochure here. Page 8 provides ten tips and ideas in terms of how you can get involved. Let’s use #CAAW18 to raise the profile of clinical audit.

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.

Free SEA training for care homes

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Significant Event Audit (SEA) is an established approach that helps improve patient safety by adopting a team approach to reviewing incidents. SEA has historically been used by primary care teams but is gaining popularity, not least because the methodology has been endorsed by the National Patient Safety Agency and the Care Quality Commission, but also because the technique is much less cumbersome than Root Cause Analysis. For many years, CASC have offered accredited training in SEA and we are now working with a variety of healthcare providers to help them understand and implement SEA to their benefit. As an example, on 27 November we are offering FREE SEA training to care homes based in the East Midlands. We are also considering extending this course to other care homes across the UK, so if this is of interest, please get in touch.

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.

Clinical Audit Jobs Report published

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Since July 2009 CASC have been collecting and publishing details of clinical audit job vacancies on a weekly basis. Every week we search the NHS Jobs website for clinical audit jobs and create our jobs bulletin that is made available via our website on Mondays. To add value to this undertaking, every July we review the data from the last 12 months and present this in a short four-page report. The main purpose of doing this is to provide those staff working in clinical audit and QI with feedback on the current state of the clinical audit jobs market. With almost a decade worth of data we are able to present data and identify trends. The 2018 job vacancy report is now available by clicking here. We have also added this to the NQICAN forum to help stimulate further debate.

Issue 285 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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