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Time to talk up clinical audit!

Over the years we have constantly heard complaints from those working in clinical audit that our profession is not taken seriously and / or that we need better ways of promoting the great work that we do. The phrase ‘clinical audit is not sexy enough’ often gets a mention! It is hugely important to us that we flag up the great work that local clinical audit professionals do and that we promote the discipline of clinical audit as effectively as we can. With this in mind, we have joined forces with a talented illustrator (Amy Bradley) to commission a new set of resources to help raise the profile of clinical audit. The first poster we have created is entitled ‘What local clinical audit staff do for you’ and you can download it here. The poster explains why local clinical audit teams are so important. We have also created a new poster to extol the virtues of national clinical audits. NCA have a mixed reputation, but let’s focus on the positives! The poster entitled ‘The value of national clinical audits’ is available, here.

Book now for Clinical Auditorium 4

Once again, we have joined forces with Clare Gallagher and her award-winning team at Healthcare Conferences UK (HCUK) to offer a fourth edition of Clinical Auditorium. This initiative was launched in 2021 and has proved super popular with audit and QI professionals. The next session on Friday 16 September will look at how clinical audit and QI is led within NHS teams. Are audit and QI functions merged or separate? Are audit and QI staff paid similar salaries? How could audit and QI work better within healthcare teams? These are among just some of the questions that we will be hoping to answer with the help of Craig Short and Anna Hulme from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to the event we will also be running a short online survey to gain relevant feedback that we will share as part of the event. So far over 200 learners have signed up. To find out more or book your place, click here.

Join our Audit & QI Midwives Group

As part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2022 aka #CAAW22 we launched our Audit Midwives Group. This has proved a great success over the last 3 months and now boasts 12 active members who utilise WhatsApp to keep in touch with each other – sharing experiences, ideas, challenges, questions and concerns. The group also plan to use MS Teams to hold quarterly meetings. The first of these virtual meetings took place in August and provided a great forum allowing those involved in this vital work a safe space to discuss key issues. One of the members of the group works at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and so has intimate experiences of the recent Ockenden Report. The group are looking to create common audit templates, assess job bandings and will be presenting some of their work at a national conference in November. With so much focus on midwifery care (not least as Donna Ockenden (pictured) turns her attention to Nottingham) we are delighted how this group is evolving so far. If you wish to join, then please contact us via the usual channels.


Request your CASC information pack

CASC have developed an electronic brochure that provides you with more details of the work that we support. There are lots of examples of how we can support clinical audit and quality improvement projects, plus the brochure includes sections on: accredited training, consultancy, patient safety work, help we provide to staff in primary care, case studies, clinical audit awareness week, etc.

Take a look at ‘stuff CASC like’

The CASC team like to keep as up-to-date as possible and we enjoy examining a wide range of materials and resources. This ‘stuff we like’ section does what it says on the tin! We will re-fresh this section of our homepage approximately every month and our aim is to focus on highlighting useful and ideally less mainstream materials that those working in audit, QI and patient safety will find stimulating and useful.

Get a copy of CASC’s latest jobs bulletin

Since 2009 the CASC team have diligently searched through the NHS Jobs website to identify current clinical audit and clinical effectiveness vacancies. From this information we produce our weekly clinical audit jobs bulletin and typically this is released every Monday. By producing this document, we aim to save local audit staff looking for new opportunities lots of time.

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Clinical Audit Support Centre Limited
Blaby Business Centre
33 Leicester Road
Blaby
Leicester, LE8 4GR

T: 0116 264 3411
E: info@clinicalauditsupport.com