CAAW22 is ON: save the dates!
The long wait is over – HQIP and NQICAN have finally announced that Clinical Audit Awareness Week will take place from 13 to 17 June 2022. CAAW is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of HQIP’s local audit support programme and allows all of us who work in the profession the opportunity to showcase and celebrate what is great about clinical audit. HQIP are again running their Clinical Audit Heroes Awards with five categories on offer, including patient safety hero and future proofing healthcare hero. NQICAN have announced that they will be running five 90-minute Lunch and Learn sessions across CAAW week (not to be confused with our Learn at Lunch sessions – see below). We urge everyone to get behind CAAW week especially given that the campaign did not run in 2021. You can access the dedicated CAAW HQIP webpage, here.
CASC CAAW22 plans
Now that HQIP have confirmed CAAW22 will take place on 13-17 June, we are delighted to be able to reveal some of our plans. Once again we will be running our #CakeOff competition and after the success of last year, we plan to recognise those who have dedicated ten or twenty years of service to the audit profession. Clinical Auditor of the Year proved a big hit in the Autumn so that will be back, along with our new Clinical Audit Team of the Year awards. We will be launching our week with a Breakfast Event at 9am on 13 June. The breakfast event will be led by an expert external speaker, we will also use this event to release new materials and identify who has been granted a CASC Clinical Audit Training Scholarship (see below). It seems logical not to run a Learn at Lunch given NQICAN’s plans, but we are considering running other events. We have new initiatives in the pipeline for 2022 but will keep them under wraps for the time being. Watch this space!
Are you eligible for a CASC Training Scholarship?
We are delighted to be able to announce a new CASC initiative. The Clinical Audit Training Scholarship (CATS) creates an opportunity for those new to our profession to gain access to free accredited training and mentorship in 2022. CASC recognise that staff new to clinical audit benefit from appropriate training that helps them better understand what is deemed as best practice in clinical audit. It is important that new auditors understand common challenges and pitfalls that those working in our field often face. If you have worked in clinical audit for less than 12 months you can apply for a CASC scholarship that will enable you to attend the accredited Clinical Audit Masterclass (via Healthcare Conferences UK). Successful applicants will also receive mentorship from Stephen and Tracy. Take a closer look at what is on offer here. To apply for one of our five scholarships, download and complete the application form here. Note: scholarships are open to NHS and non-NHS professionals.
Join us for Learn at Lunch in March
CASC commenced our Learn at Lunch sessions at the height of the pandemic back in August 2020 and these have proved exceptionally popular. We are now approaching Learn at Lunch number 20 and we are proud to once again be offering the services of Tim Sims. As many of you who attended his previous session on VUCA know, Tim is an amazing human who has worked across healthcare, for the United Nations and is a real all-rounder. On 4 March Tim will be focusing on meetings and specifically how to make these run effectively! Expect some challenging debate as we consider if some meetings need to be scrapped! In addition to Tim, we can’t wait for the Learn at Lunch on 24 March with Sarah Fereday focusing on Menopause Matters. This is an important topic and will be the first of several Learn at Lunches in 2022 that will focus on wellbeing. Details of each session are available here and these include the zoom codes. Note: please be aware that NQICAN have no input into CASC Learn at Lunch sessions. CASC plan, organise and fund these sessions and receive no national support.
CASC highly recommend
The CASC team are always looking out for useful materials and resources to share with you. With this in mind, we want to point you towards the new Audit Management and Tracking podcasts! These are a great listen - we love the conversational approach. So far there are two podcasts available featuring some of the very best talents in our business. The podcasts focus on the sticky issues we all face: the perfect action planning and organisational change. To find out more, visit the AMaT website here. We would also highly recommend that you follow Helen Bevan from NHS Horizons on Twitter via @HelenBevanTweet. Helen is a true leader when it comes to quality improvement. Helen has announced that on 11/12 May there will be two days of virtual learning, under the banner ‘The Big Conversation for Improvement’. These are free events. We will share more details soon. Meanwhile, for those of you with an interest in patient safety, there is still time to enter the national poster competition as part of the Bristol Patient Safety conference on 18 May. The deadline for submissions is 9 March and more details are available here.
Clinical Auditorium success
On 13 January 2022 we partnered with Healthcare Conferences UK once again to run our third Clinical Auditorium event entitled ‘Getting the most from your clinical audit career’. 100 delegates joined us and were wowed by audit superstars Heather Darlow and Michael Spry giving personal and honest accounts of how their careers have progressed. The talks generated lots of discussion and relevant debate. The issue of how clinical audit and quality improvement work is managed in healthcare teams was a hot topic and this is the provisional topic for Clinical Auditorium 4, scheduled for 16 September. As part of the event, 77 respondents completed an online survey assessing their job satisfaction. Full results will be revealed soon in a short report, but notable feedback from the audit community included: 70% of respondents feel that they receive adequate training opportunities, 63% work more than their contracted hours, 42% feel that they are currently underpaid!
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