Clinical Audit Awareness Week

CAAW20 is now over

Clinical Audit Awareness Week took place between 23 to 27 November 2020. As many of the materials below will remain of interest to those conducting clinical audit, for example our Dummies Guide and Tips Sheets, etc we will leave this page open although over coming months we will relocate resources into other areas of this website. We will be back next year with more materials, activities and competitions for #CAAW21. Well done to all who made an effort this year especially in such testing times.

Join our free ‘Learn at Lunch event on 24 November

Many of you will be aware that we launched our ‘Learn at Lunch’ on 6 August 2020 and during the Summer and Autumn we have run a number of online events. These have proved super popular and it is clear that with so many clinical audit and QI staff struggling with the isolation of working from home, there is an appetite for such events. We have joined forces with clinical audit/QI staff to showcase projects and stuff of interest to our community. Events now regularly attract over 100 attendees and we already have over 100 people signed up for the #CAAW20 event on 24 November, starting at 12.30pm. Feedback on previous sessions has been excellent with attendees appreciating the non-hierarchical/everybody is equal approach. The one rule for our Learn at Lunch is that titles and egos are left at the door.

Our ‘Learn at Lunch’ on 24 November will be a celebration of all things clinical audit and QI. With this in mind, if you and your team/organisation have great things planned for #CAAW20 then please get in touch via and we will help share and showcase your hard work. The meeting will be fun, upbeat and fast moving. There will be a competition to see who has the best clinical audit/QI knowledge (with a prize) and we will also be revealing the winners of other competitions such as the ‘Great #CAAW20 Cake Off’ (see below). To find out more about our ‘Learn at Lunch’, click here. To book your place on 24 November, simply email

Competition time!

One of the key attributes of #CAAW each year is that many local and national bodies run competitions. We are sure all eyes will on HQIP’s flagship Clinical Audit Heroes Awards this year to see who has scooped the six big prizes!

In previous years the CASC team have always run competitions as part of #CAAW, but this year we are upping the ante and hope we are offering at least one competition that will appeal to everyone! We have four competitions for 2020 that you can get involved in.

The first is our Great #CAAW20 Cake Off, more details of which are available here. We all know that people love a bit of cake and that a theme of previous awareness weeks has been getting together for tea-breaks. What is more, the pandemic has led many of us to spend more time in our kitchens baking! The challenge is simple: bake a cake (or cakes) for #CAAW20, post a picture on Twitter tagging in @cascleicester or showcase your hard work as part of our ‘Learn at Lunch’ (see above) on 24 November. We will be awarding a number of prizes and it is up to you what cakes you bake and how you design them. You can opt for a traditional cake, follow a #CAAW20 theme or come up with a design of your own! Up to you!

The second competition is called ‘If you were the Audit Emperor’. This couldn’t be simpler as per the details here. We all know change and improvement underpins high quality clinical audit. We know that at local and national levels clinical audit can do better. With this in mind, imagine you are the Clinical Audit Emperor (or Empress) for one day and tell us in no more than 50 words what one change you would make and email it to

The third competition we are running should appeal to those of you who love technical detail! At the moment there are lots of different versions of the clinical audit process and we like the idea of challenging local teams to create a new, modern and memorable version. All the details are here. The audit community will vote for their preferred version and as ever we will give a prize to the winners!

The fourth and final competition, will be part of our ‘Learn at Lunch’ session on 24 November. The details are shrouded in secrecy, but all you have to do is to attend the event on 24 November and take part in the clinical audit and QI themed quiz to be in with a chance of taking home the big prize… and this one is worth winning!

Clinical Audit pledge cards

Over the years our pledge cards have become a popular feature of #CAAW. We love to see everybody’s pledges and thanks to all who share and post their photos on Twitter. Obviously, it might prove a bit more challenging this year as a result of the pandemic, but we have created some new pledge cards for the audit/QI community. Please make sure you follow current social distancing rules if you do team shots with the pledge cards! CASC are not precious about our materials but if you use our pledge cards please do not remove our logo (as some did last year!). Our pledge cards for year can be downloaded below:

Eleventh CASC Annual Survey!!!

As many of you will know, we launched what is now known as our annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ annual survey back in 2010. Therefore, the 2020 edition will be the eleventh time we have run the survey. Over the years we have had a fantastic response and with concurrent years of data we are able to plot results and identify key themes. With Clinical Audit Awareness Week again taking place at the end of November this year, launched the survey on 24 November. As in other years the survey will close on 24 December. The link to the survey is here. We have also created an infographic that tells people more about the survey here. Please take part and share this with others. Thank you.

Mr Spuddle is here!

The CASC team attended Statistical Process Control (SPC) training in 2019 run by NHS Improvement’s ‘Making Data Count’ team (headed up by Sam Riley: @samriley). As part of the event, we learned about the phenomenon of ‘spuddling’, a term which NHS Improvement define as ‘to make a fuss about trivial things, as if they were important’. We would encourage all clinical audit and QI professionals to familiarise themselves with the ‘Making Data Count’ principles, here. In the meantime, after initially creating the ‘Mr Spuddle’ storybook on Twitter, we have now turned him into a proper story, complete with a spanking new theme tune! This is for fun. We hope Mr Spuddle makes you smile.

Dummies Guide for Clinical Audit

In 2018 we launched our Dummies Guide for Clinical Audit and this proved to be a huge success with lots of local teams sharing copies at #CAAW events. The purpose of the guide is to provide those new to clinical audit with a rapid overview of what audit is plus the stepping-stones needed to undertake a robust and meaningful clinical audit project. We believe that #CAAW20 represents an ideal and obvious opportunity to introduce healthcare professionals and others to the discipline hence why we have created this short and user-friendly 8-page Dummies Guide for audit novices. We have updated the resource for #CAAW20. To download it, click here.

Top tips sheets for clinical audit

Clinical Audit Support Centre have long been big fans of University Hospitals Bristol NHSFT and their series of ‘How To’ clinical audit guides, available here. These are excellent resources that have been developed by Stuart Metcalfe and his team and we have been pointing people towards these over the last decade. Inspired by this work, the CASC team have created ten one-page tips sheets available below. These are designed as bite-size resources aimed at clinical audit novices.

  • Tip sheet #1: selecting your clinical audit topic, click here
  • Tip sheet #2: identifying best practice for your audit, click here
  • Tip sheet #3: clinical audit criteria and standards, click here
  • Tip sheet #4: collecting clinical audit data, click here
  • Tip sheet #5: analysing your clinical audit data, click here
  • Tip sheet #6: implementing change, click here
  • Tip sheet #7: conducting the re-audit, click here
  • Tip sheet #8: writing your clinical audit report, click here
  • Tip sheet #9: writing your clinical audit action plan, click here
  • Tip sheet #10: publicising / communicating your clinical audit, click here

Follow-us on Twitter

During Clinical Audit Awareness Week, we have a busy diary but as ever we will attempt to use Twitter to post materials and updates. You can follow us and keep track of our activities via @cascleicester. For those of you who are not on Twitter, we have created a simple document that explains how to set up a Twitter account and get started. Click here.

#CAAW Support from HQIP

As ever, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have created a number of resources to support #CAAW20 and these include their Clinical Audit Hero awards. There are 6 prizes on offer this year and we look forward to finding out who the winners are. To find out more in terms of what HQIP are offering, click here.

A brief word on plagiarism

No one likes to have their work stolen or used by others without consent. We would just like to make people aware that all materials shared via this page and on our wider website are copyright of Clinical Audit Support Centre Ltd. With that in mind, no central funding has been used in creating these materials and we politely ask that if you use our resources then you retain our logo. Last year we had a number of teams remove our logo from our pledge cards and in one case an infographic we had created was entirely redesigned and rebadged with an NHS Trust logo. We have blogged on this matter and you can read more here. As a team we share materials in good faith, but if clear cases of plagiarism emerge during #CAAW20 we will take the appropriate action.


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