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Clinical Audit Jobs Report published

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Since July 2009 CASC have been collecting and publishing details of clinical audit job vacancies on a weekly basis. Every week we search the NHS Jobs website for clinical audit jobs and create our jobs bulletin that is made available via our website on Mondays. To add value to this undertaking, every July we review the data from the last 12 months and present this in a short four-page report. The main purpose of doing this is to provide those staff working in clinical audit and QI with feedback on the current state of the clinical audit jobs market. With almost a decade worth of data we are able to present data and identify trends. The 2018 job vacancy report is now available by clicking here. We have also added this to the NQICAN forum to help stimulate further debate.

Free SEA training for care homes

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Significant Event Audit (SEA) is an established approach that helps improve patient safety by adopting a team approach to reviewing incidents. SEA has historically been used by primary care teams but is gaining popularity, not least because the methodology has been endorsed by the National Patient Safety Agency and the Care Quality Commission, but also because the technique is much less cumbersome than Root Cause Analysis. For many years, CASC have offered accredited training in SEA and we are now working with a variety of healthcare providers to help them understand and implement SEA to their benefit. As an example, on 27 November we are offering FREE SEA training to care homes based in the East Midlands. We are also considering extending this course to other care homes across the UK, so if this is of interest, please get in touch.

Junior doctor audit awards are open

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In 2010 CASC set up our annual junior doctor clinical audit awards and these have proved to be a huge success. So much so, that we extended the awards to include Quality Improvement Projects (i.e. projects that do not measure against standards). Over the last 8 years we have had over 1,000 entries and some fantastic examples of audits and QI projects that have made a difference. Previous winners have been shortlisted for HSJ Awards, had their work published in academic journals and gone on to work for NHS Improvement! The format for 2018 is much the same as in previous years and we invite entries for the two categories: clinical audit projects and quality improvement projects. All entries must reach us by 3 September 2018 and we will shortlist finalists in the subsequent 2 weeks. You can see the posters created by all previous winners via the CASC website and we encourage you to pass this information onto any juniors that you work with. To find out more and to access the entry forms for 2018, please click here.

Get involved in Twitter

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to external websites, but we implore those with an interest in clinical audit and QI to join Twitter. As a business we have been on Twitter since 2009 and it is very noticeable that in recent times more and more NHS clinical audit teams and staff are creating accounts and using Twitter. Indeed, most of the key national bodies involved in clinical audit like HQIP, NQICAN and the Royal Colleges that run many of the national audits now make their major announcements via Twitter first. CASC are committed to using Twitter on a daily basis and we try to highlight the key tweets relevant to clinical audit and QI. For those who want to get started with Twitter, we have also created a simple guide to help, click here.

CAAW dates released

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have announced that the 6th annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW18) will take place from Monday 19 November to Friday 23 November. As ever, the main purpose of the week is to showcase the value and benefit of both local and national clinical audit. We understand that HQIP will once again be asking for Clinical Audit Hero nominations and that this year the focus is very much on highlighting and showcasing the impact of clinical audit. As ever, CASC will be providing a wide range of materials and resources to assist in the promotion and delivery of CAAW. We will be updating our popular quizzes and placards from last year and we will be running a ‘clinical audit re-branding’ competition to generate innovative ways of promoting audit. It is likely that we will also announce the winners of our annual junior doctor competitions as part of #CAAW. We look forward to working with HQIP, NQICAN, the regional networks, national audit providers and other key stakeholders to make this the best CAAW yet. For more details, click here.

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.

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 277 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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