Review of CAAW week

We were pleased with participation in what would have been Clinical Audit Awareness Week from 22 to 26 November. It was heartening to see local clinical audit teams running events and training to raise the profile of clinical audit and there was also a great deal of activity on Twitter. Over the course of the week, CASC led on several key initiatives and events, as follows:

Local Clinical Auditor of the Year

Eight finalists were shortlisted for this award. It was inspiring to see high levels of interest on Twitter, especially in relation to the biographies of the finalists. Sadly, the Twitter poll we used to allow voting for the winner was compromised and hence we have decided to make all eight finalists joint winners of the award. Going forward, we hope to learn from the problems that we encountered. That said, we were proud to try a different approach that allowed everyone with an interest, the opportunity to take part.

Fortunately, as part of the competition we also asked Martin Ferris to judge the finalists and he selected Dr Claudia Chetcuti-Ganado (Bedfordshire Hospitals) as his winner. Click here to read Claudia’s nomination/biography. Martin commented that all eight were worthy finalists and that he found it very hard to pick a winner.

VUCA Learn at Lunch

The VUCA Learn at Lunch led by Tim Sims on 23 November proved a great success with a peak audience of 110 learners. Tim’s session was highly interactive and gave those attending headspace to think about how they are currently dealing with the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. All those who attended have been supplied with a pack of resources. We are also delighted to be able to confirm that Tim will be back in 2022 to lead another Learn at Lunch.

The national summit

Healthcare Conferences UK’s Clinical Audit Leadership Summit on 26 November was a superb event attended with over 60 attendees. The conference was ably chaired by Emma Challans (Executive Director of Culture and Improvement at Sherwood Forest NHSFT) and featured an exceptional line-up of keynote speakers. Helen Bevan (NHS Horizons) arguably stole the show with her brilliant talk focusing on how audit staff need to become change agents and tempered radicals! The day was jam-packed with great talks: Marina Otley and Roger Simpson advising how their local project is improving national audit, Dr Jane Youde describing how NCAs are saving lives and Pam Mosedale sharing how vets are using clinical audit to enhance their practice. Click here for an infographic that provides details of key learning points from the day.

Clinical Audit #Cakeoff

Just for fun, we brought our popular #cakeoff twitter competition back for #notCAAW21! Although there were slightly less entries than last year, the standard was still high. We asked our inaugural winner (Leanne Latchem) to judge the competition and she awarded first prize to the ‘Audit Cycle’ cake baked by the team at Harrogate and District NHSFT. It was good to see lots of banter and chat on Twitter. The power of cake is clear! The competition will be back next year! Click here to see the winner announcement.

20 years in clinical audit

Over the course of the week, we sent out tokens of gratitude to all those staff who had contacted us to say that they had worked in clinical audit for at least two decades. CASC see this as a considerable achievement that deserves to be recognised. In total, less than twenty individuals were identified which shows how rare it is for staff to stay in clinical audit for over 20 years. Of course, audit is a great springboard to other careers. Next year we plan to change our parameters slightly and will also be sending out tokens to staff who have surpassed 10 years in clinical audit.

Annual survey is GO!

Finally, as in recent years we decided to launch our annual clinical audit survey during the last week of November. We have streamlined this year’s survey so that it takes less time to complete. To take part in the survey, click here.


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