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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to welcome you to our new podcasting service. As far as we are aware, only a limited number of healthcare organisations in the UK currently utilise podcasts as a medium for communicating information and we believe that we are among the first to use this technology in clinical governance and clinical audit circles.

If you are not familiar with the term, a podcast involves providing a digital media file that is distributed on the internet for playback on a personal computer or portable media player, such as an iPod or MP3 player. In lay terms, our podcasts will essentially serve as radio broadcasts and you will be able to listen to these via the iTunes store.

Our intention is to produce one podcast per month and broadcasts will be recorded in a range of formats, including – news updates, blogs, interviews and panel discussions. We aim to use podcasting as a way of informing healthcare professionals of our work and key developments in the world of clinical audit and quality assurance. Hopefully this initiative will interest healthcare professionals and help create a more active clinical audit community in the UK. Furthermore, we aim to involve patients in the work that we undertake and help them to understand how quality assurance techniques work in the UK, and we view podcasting as an innovative medium to achieve this goal.

All podcasts that we produce are available free of charge, although there are conditions that must be followed in terms of their use. All materials are copyright of the Clinical Audit Support Centre and may not be altered or reproduced. Our podcasts are for personal use only and may not be re-broadcast without our written permission.

Given the CMO’s conclusion that “clinical audit needs re-vitalising” we consider our podcasting service as an innovative approach. The growing popularity of iTunes and audio broadcasting will doubtless bring clinical audit to a new audience.

Available Podcasts

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Blog Six: The Need for New Blood in Clinical Audit

The blog focuses on the sticky issue of clinical audit training and provides an interesting perspective on the current state of the UK’s clinical audit workforce.

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Clinical Audit 2020 events

This podcast reviews the first Audit 2020 event and looks forward to the next conference taking place in September 2008.

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News Podcasc Five

Summarises an eventful three months in the the world of clinical audit from January to March 2008.

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News Podcasc Four

Summarises news from the world of clinical audit between October and December 2007.

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News Podcasc Four

Summarises news from the world of clinical audit between October and December 2007.

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Blog Five

Au revoir from our first ever clinical audit blogger!

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Blog Four

One of our new audit bloggers provides early views on NCAPOP and NCAAG.

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Stand Up, Sit Down Audit 2020 quiz.

Test your clinical audit knowledge using our enhanced podcast.

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News Podcasc Three

Summarises news from the world of clinical audit between July and Sept 2007.

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Blog Three

Training, what training?

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News Podcasc Two

Summarises news from the world of clinical audit between April and June 2007.

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Clinical Audit Process Podcasc

Explains how to undertake a clinical audit project.

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National Audit Meeting Podcasc

Tracy Ruthven's views on the National Audit meeting held in London on 4th July 2007.

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First National Audit Meeting Podcasc

Tracy Ruthven's views on the first national audit meeting.

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News Podcasc

Summarises news from the world of clinical audit between January and March 2007.

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Blog One

It's audit Jim, but not as we know it!.

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Blog Two

Are you feeling the squeeze?.

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Podcasc Three

Provides audio biographies of Tracy Ruthven and Stephen Ashmore, Directors of the Clinical Audit Support Centre.

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Podcasc Two

Provides a brief summary of the work undertaken by the Clinical Audit Support Centre.

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Podcasc One

Introduces listeners to the new podcasting service available from the Clinical Audit Support Centre.

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Podcasting Guide

A podcast is a multimedia file (video or audio) that is downloaded or distributed by subscription via the Internet.

Do I have to pay?

No. Each Clinical Audit Support Centre podcast is free. No registration or payment is required to download or listen to a podcast.

Do I need an iPod?

No. Each Clinical Audit Support Centre podcast is available in a variety of different formats. You can download and play each podcast on your computer or copy to an iPod, PDA or mobile phone. We even offer an enhanced version for the iPod via iTunes.

What is RSS

RSS means Really Simple Syndication and is a format used to publish frequently updated content on the web. RSS feeds, can be viewed using browsers called aggregators or in modern web browsers, such as Safari on the Apple Macintosh or Internet Explorer 7 on the PC.

Is my computer suitable?

Most recent computers are suitable to play podcasts. However you computer must have software installed to play the podcast. It is also important that your computer can playback sound. A broadband connection is recommended.

If you do not already have software installed on your machine that can receive RSS feeds or play back audio or video, please download a program from the list below:

Podcast Software

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Technical Assistance?

Clinical Audit Support Centre can only provide limited podcast support for Apple Macintosh and Windows PC users only.

For assistance, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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