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Book now for CASC Conference on 26 June


We are delighted to announce more details for our conference scheduled to take place in Leicester on 26 June. This is a pivotal time for clinical audit with: NHS England awarding the NCAPOP tender, the need to improve national clinical audits, understanding better how audit and QI agencies/initiatives can work together, etc. The one-day event will be different from previous conferences you may have attended. It will include brief updates from the key leaders in the first session, but thereafter we hope to offer a unique experience. We will be devoting 90 minutes to a debate on improving national audits (including short talks from local audit teams and NCA suppliers) and we are also inviting speakers from key QI bodies (NHS Improvement, the Q initiative, Academic Health Science Networks, NHS School of Change Agents, etc.) to explain the work they do. We have an award winning ex-junior doctor in Aamir Saifuddin presenting his ideas on gaining clinical engagement in audit and ex-NAGCAE representative, Martin Ferris, will provide a thought-provoking talk entitled ‘Clinical Audit: observations from outside the bubble’. The event will include presentations from the finalists of our Audit Awards, thus ensuring delegates see real world delivery in action. We aim to make this the most interactive audit conference ever and we are offering a discounted early-bird rate of £120+VAT until the end of April. To find out more, click here.

CA Awards deadline extended


Following direct feedback from clinical audit and QI teams we have taken the decision to extend the deadline for submissions to our Clinical Audit Award from the end of March to the end of April 2018. A number of professionals have advised us that they have been struggling to meet our March deadline owing to combined pressures of: compiling Quality Accounts, workload from various national clinical audits, planning the clinical audit schedule for the year ahead, etc. We are hoping that by extending the deadline for submissions by one full month this will allow more teams to submit and showcase their hard work. If you would like more details of the competition you can access our poster with more details here and if you would like to submit an entry, please click here for the entry form. Four finalists will be selected to present their work at our clinical audit conference on 26 June, see above for more details.

Interim results from CASC annual survey


time and effort in December to complete our annual online clinical audit survey. The survey started in 2010 and provides direct feedback from those working at the clinical audit coalface. We will supply more in-depth results in coming months but the main results can be accessed here. We hope to work more closely with NQICAN and the regional networks in 2018 to use the results positively and help bring about changes. Certainly the data from last month raised some clear concerns, for example: 32% stating they felt more positive about clinical audit than a year ago (36% reported they felt more negative) and only 7% stated they had more local resources for clinical audit than a year ago (46% answered they had ‘less resources’).

SSNAP voted most effective NCA again!


Congratulations once again to all those involved in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) voted ‘most effective’ national clinical audit by respondents to our recent annual clinical audit survey for the eighth consecutive year! Once again, SSNAP won by a wide margin, achieving almost twice as many votes as the next best rated NCA. On the flip side, the National Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists was voted the ‘least effective NCA’. NCAP was the clear leader in this category gaining 27 votes compared to just 6 for the second ranked NCA. Members of the clinical audit community have raised concerns with CASC in relation to NCAP (see below for how we plan to take this information forward and use it constructively). Click link here, for more details of results from our annual survey.

Join one of our accredited courses


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.

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.

Issue 264 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.