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Community and MH Summit: The Return!


Earlier this year in March we held our first-ever Clinical Audit Summit for those staff working in Community and/or Mental Health Trusts. The day reviewed the current state of clinical audit and attendees were given the opportunity to network and listen to keynote speakers including Carl Walker from NQICAN. Those present were keen for us to run a follow-on event and we are pleased to announce that this will be held in Leicester on 2 November. The focus of the next event will be to look at how staff working in these sectors can learn from each other and better share their resources. We are indebted to AMaT (Audit management and Tracking) for sponsoring the day. Those wishing to book a place/register interest should click here.

MedEconomics publish CASC article on FTSU


We are delighted to announce that MedEconomics have featured an article relating to the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian (FTSUG) role held by one of the CASC Directors. The article includes information about the role itself, the requirements that a healthcare organisation must meet and a top ten of tips to share good practice. Freedom to Speak-Up is already in-place in many healthcare organisations following NHS England taking up the recommendations from the review chaired by Sir Robert Francis. Primary care organisations need to ensure that they have their policies in place and a Guardian appointment by September. CASC have also produced a short information guide to help organisations with setting up this important role. Please click here for more details.

Lots of materials for primary care


Over the summer we have been working hard to create lots of useful resources for our friends working in general practice. For example, we have reviewed many CQC reports to create a four-page guide focusing on best practice in significant event audit, click here. We are also aware that many practices have problems with high DNA rates and so we have created a DNA Excel Tracker to help practices. Click here to download this. We offer accredited training for practice staff in clinical audit, SEA and QI techniques and these courses can assist GPs and practice nurses meeting their revalidation and appraisal requirements. In addition, we can offer expert guidance in how to conduct audits using SNOWMED. We are also working on materials in relation to PPGs and have created initial advice, click here.

Latest on junior doctor competition


Our junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement competitions are now in their eighth year and entries closed at midnight on 3 September. Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing all the entries and determining what will happen next. We thank all those who took time to enter and we will be contacting authors with more details before the end of September. We are also delighted that HQIP have invited CASC and previous junior doctor winners to present in their QI Theatre as part of the Patient First event at Excel in London on 21-22 November. This will be a great opportunity for junior doctors and local teams to showcase the excellent work that they are conducting. CASC and HQIP will supply more details in due course.

Annual Survey: view from the audit community


As you maybe aware, since 2010 CASC have conducted an online survey with the aim of gaining independent and in-depth feedback from members of the clinical audit community. The survey was conducted last December, with interim results shared in January. We have now completed the survey report and you can access this here. We are delighted to report that the most recent survey attracted the highest number of responses ever (n=218) and we know of no similar survey focusing on clinical audit. It is disheartening for us to report that across most indicators results were less positive than in 2015, although once again the Sentinel Stroke National Audit was voted the most effective national audit for the seventh year in succession.

Join an accredited course


All CASC training is accredited and we are in the process of updating and improving many of our associated course materials. We have re-vamped our popular root cause analysis training and we offer this as an in-house course so please contact us if your team would like training in patient safety. The Advanced Clinical Audit course will next be held in Leicester on 21 September and we are also aiming to run our Significant Event Audit training on 20 September. We also plan to run our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course at some point in October, so contact us if you would like more details. As ever, our distance-learning course is available and learners can join this at any point in the year. Contact the team for more details of the courses we offer.

Issue 236 of audit jobs bulletin now available


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


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!


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.