The ‘state of clinical audit’ survey
Since 2010 we have conducted our annual online survey that invites those with an interest in clinical audit to provide anonymous feedback. The survey is conducted every December and to date we have always had a response rate above 100 (a high of 218 was reached in 2016).
The survey invites participants to provide feedback on: the effectiveness of national clinical audits, current views on clinical audit (positive and negative), resourcing for local clinical audit, patient involvement in clinical audit, etc. The survey is extremely comprehensive and is an accurate barometer of how clinical audit professionals are feeling. The survey was frequently endorsed and quoted by Sir Nick Black (during his time as NAGCAE chairman) and has featured in the Health Service Journal. We understand that in 2019 N-QI-CAN referenced the previous report at key meetings with national leaders. In 2020, we hope to use the results of the survey to campaign for some real changes and improvements to be delivered by national stakeholders.
The longevity of the survey – now ten sets of data collected over nine years – also enables us to identify key themes and trends from the clinical audit and quality improvement community. The full 2019 report is available here. In addition, we have created a number of infographics that provide more detail and analysis. These are available and can be downloaded below. Our ‘CASC Charter for Improvement’ suggests five recommendations that we are calling on the likes of HQIP, NCA suppliers and NHS England
- The survey overall – key themes and results, here
- Benefits of undertaking National Clinical Audit, here
- Views on more or less National Clinical Audits, here
- CASC Charter for Improvement (of NCAs), here
Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report
Since 2009 we have searched the NHS Jobs website for clinical audit related vacancies to include in our weekly job vacancies bulletin. In 2010 we realised that the data provided us with a blunt way of assessing investment in clinical audit at a local-level. As a result, we now produce our annual report every July that focuses in more detail on the job vacancy data. Given that data has been collected for ten years on over 1,700 vacancies we are now able to start to map trends and identify themes. We are the first to admit that the report has its weaknesses, but we consider it a reasonable hypothesis to hold that the reinvigoration in local clinical audit requires increased or at least a sustained investment over time. To read the report, click here.