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CASC announce plans for competition and innovative June conference


We are delighted to announce plans for our first national conference since 2012. CASC are aware that those working in local clinical audit and QI face significant new challenges and our aim is to deliver a truly unique event. Of course, we will be asking NHS England and HQIP to provide brief strategic updates. Thereafter we hope to offer something new and innovative. The event will be chaired by an independent local clinical audit professional working at the coalface and will include our clinical audit awards showcasing local best practice (click here for the competition poster, click here for the entry form). Local and national audit experts will facilitate a debate looking at how to improve national clinical audits with the emphasis on generating meaningful ideas for improvements. Keynote speakers from NHS Improvement, the Q community, etc. will explain their wider work and how it relates to clinical audit. A senior ex-clinical audit professional will deliver a thought-provoking talk entitled ‘Clinical Audit: observations from outside the bubble’ and an award winning junior doctor will advise how to enhance clinician engagement in audit. There will be much more besides and the full programme will be available soon. Our aim is also to offer a value for money event with costs per delegate place of just £190 including VAT (with further discounts available). The conference will be held in a central location in Leicester offering free parking. This will be our most interactive event ever. Click here for a few more details and to register interest email

News from the National conference


On 5 March the CASC team once again headed to London for the annual clinical audit conference organised by Healthcare Conferences UK. NQICAN Chairman, Carl Walker ably chaired proceedings with keynote talks from: Danny Keenan (HQIP) and Keiko Toma (CQC). There were no announcements regarding the NHS England re-tender, but key messages included: news from the CQC that they are relying more on national audit data to measure care and this will lead to smaller inspection teams, plus advice from HQIP that they are expanding their National Clinical Audit Benchmarking portal. Other key themes included the on-going tension that exists between clinical audit and QI, the need for more leaders in clinical audit and the forthcoming implications of GDPR. It was noticeable that the vast majority of delegates worked in hospitals and there was only one commissioner in the room. You can take a look at the presentations via this link.

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 258 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.