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Junior doctor deadline approaching

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The deadline for our annual junior doctor awards in clinical audit and quality improvement are fast approaching. Those intending to submit entries need to complete the relevant paperwork available here and submit this to us by the 3 September 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all local teams and the regional audit networks who have kindly helped promote and raise awareness of this competition. It should be noted that we have had a number of queries regarding the competition. As much as we would like to accept entries from medical students, both competitions are open to junior doctors. All entries will be assessed in September and we aim to alert those who have been shortlisted (and those who have not been successful) by 21 September 2018.

New publications coming soon

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We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been working on a number of key publications over the summer and these will be released in coming months. We published the headline findings of our annual “State of Clinical Audit” survey in January and the full report will be released before the end of September. This year’s report will be a much-improved offering adopting a more professional format. In addition, we have been continuing our work in collaboration with primary care teams. Our six-month project that led to participating GP practices reducing their “did not attend” rates by 20% in 6 months has resulted in a “DNA Toolkit” that is at the stage of final review. We are also very close to completing a study of Patient Participation Groups and patient involvement in general practice. This has been an extensive undertaking and again the draft guide is currently being reviewed by experts in the field. We envisage that this will be published in the Autumn and will be useful to any healthcare teams trying to engage patients in wider collaborative initiatives.

Less than 100 days until #CAAW18

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10 August marked 100 days until the start of Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW18. HQIP have announced that the awareness week will take place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 November and you can find out more about HQIP’s plans here. This year we understand that the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) are helping HQIP produce key #CAAW18 materials and these are scheduled to be launched in September. In the meantime, as per last year CASC are working on lots of different resources for #CAAW18 and these will include: posters, training materials, guides, quizzes and competitions. In the main we will wait until HQIP and NQICAN have published their materials before we launch ours, so as not to take the spotlight away from them. However, we are delighted to announce that seven finalists have been selected for our 2018 Clinical Audit Award and this will form part of #CAAW18 with posters of finalists shared and the winners announced on 23 November. Click here to see the finalists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Issue 280 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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