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CASC supporting #CAAW

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As many of you will be aware HQIP’s flagship Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW takes place from 20 to 24 November. The event has been running for five years and is the week in the calendar when clinical audit has its opportunity to shine! This year we are trying to do as much as possible to support the local clinical audit teams who are the heartbeat of audit across the country. We have created a number of fun quizzes to assist with local audit events and these include: our missing word quiz, click here for the quiz, click here for the answers and our bake off quiz to accompany those running local tea break events, click here for the quiz and click here for the answers. We have also created a pledge board that you can use to get staff to say why they are backing clinical audit. Click here for details. More quizzes will be released via Twitter so keep track of our tweets via @cascleicester.

CASC plans for #CAAW

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We will do as much as we can during #CAAW and this poster tells you more about our plans from 20-24 November, click here. We will be speaking at Patient First in London and revealing the winning posters from our annual clinical audit and QI junior doctor competitions. We have created a number of educational resources to help raise the profile of clinical audit and extend knowledge in key areas. These include: 5 useful TED talks for audit – click here, is it an audit tool – click here, CASC’s one-page sample size guide – click here, short history of clinical audit – click here. We have also recorded a 25-minute extended podcast that provides key feedback from our most recent annual survey that is completed mostly by audit professionals. Click here to access this and click here for key themes identified by respondents from free-text comments in relation to the national clinical audits.

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.

Junior doctor winners announced 21 Nov

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We are delighted to announce that all abstract entries received in our clinical audit and quality improvement competitions have now been reviewed. We have contacted entrants to advise them of the outcome of their submission. This year we have decided to radically alter the format of the competition. Unfortunately, we lost our central funding for this event earlier in the year and thus in 2017 there will not be a Finals Day taking place in Leicester. However, we are determined to continue to run the competition and showcase the hard work of junior doctors and hence finalists have been asked to send in PDF posters of their projects. These will be judged by the CASC team and winners announced as part of the Patient First event in London on 21 November (which also coincides with clinical audit awareness week). Winning posters will be shared with the audit and QI community via our website from 24 November.

Lots of materials for primary care

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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 243 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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