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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.

Time running out for competition entries


We are delighted to announce that junior doctors can now start to submit their abstracts for our eighth annual clinical audit and QI awards. Full details of both competitions and documentation for prospective entrants are available here. Since launching our junior doctor awards in 2010 we have had over 1,000 entries. Posters from previous winners are available here and you can also find short films via our Clinical Audit TV portal. This year sees a fundamental change in the delivery, as after four years of support HQIP are unable to help co-fund the 2017 awards. Therefore we are keen to work with other agencies that may be interested in working in partnership to sustain this important initiative. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us and we encourage you to share this information with all juniors who want to showcase their hard work in clinical audit and quality improvement.

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.

NQICAN planning exciting new portal


We are delighted to be able to report that the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) have teamed up with Formic to develop a new portal for sharing clinical audit documents and information. We understand that testing of the portal continues to progress smoothly and look forward to launch in the near future. The portal will be multi-faceted with features including: the facility to share clinical audit tools and resources, online discussions on local and national matters, plus signposting to useful resources. The portal will be open to all working in clinical audit but non-NHS users will need to go through a registration process. Given recent past attempts to create a similar resource via resources such as HQIP’s Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) we commend NQICAN on this endeavor and look forward to seeing the finished product.

Job vacancies report is now available


Since 2009 CASC have produced a bi-monthly bulletin listing all clinical audit vacancies posted on NHS Jobs website. Every year we review the data and create a short report to share with the clinical audit and QI community. This year’s report is now available in a more modern and concise format. The key findings are: no significant change in the number of vacancies listed in the last 12 months when compared to 2015-16. The number fixed-term and permanent positions are comparable to recent data. However, the report has identified a significant drop in the number of band 7 and 8 posts: down from 37 in 2015-16 to just 16 in 2016-17. In addition, the data clearly shows a clear disparity in the salaries for those undertaking the same roles, for example we noted Clinical Audit Facilitator posts advertised at pay bands 4, 5 and 6. This means that there may be as much as £16,000 pay difference between those undertaking the same role. To read our short report, click here.

New resources for primary care


Over the last few months we have developed a wide range of new resources for staff working in GP practices and these will be released in the next few months. Materials include: best practice factsheets for clinical audit, significant event audit and patient participation groups. We have also developed new posters for helping practices tackle high DNA (did not attend) rates and we are running a pilot study from July to December with practices hoping to reduce unwanted DNAs – get in touch if you’d like to participate as there is no cost. We are also working on guidance for practices in relation to new Freedom to Speak Up regulations that must be put in place by September. To find out more, please click here. To download our new four-page best practice guide on significant event audit, click here.

Issue 230 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.