Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023 (#CAAW23) – Highlights Blog

Welcome to CAAW23 – our annual weekly celebration of all things clinical audit raising a week-long campaign, we run in collaboration with HQIP that celebrates the benefits and impact of clinical audit as a quality improvement tool in healthcare.

As in previous years we will be sharing what is happening across the week via this blog which is intended to highlight the many ways in which clinical audit is being promoted and celebrated this week, in line with our common purpose. Inclusion does not constitute endorsement or recommendation.

If you are looking for last minute ideas please see our CAAW23 ideas pack below

There are various training and celebration events planned this week – please see below for further details around the ones we are supporting

Please share what you are doing on our forum or social media and tag us in @nqican

We wish you all a successful week

N-QI-CAN team

Day 5 Review and A Big Thank you!

We are now at the end of the week and what a week it has been! Thanks to everyone who has got involved to help promote and celebrate Clinical Audit. During the week we have been compiling the images you have shared and we have created this image below as a nice summary of the week and to say thanks. We hope you can see one of the events you attended or arranged or work you’ve shared and promoted.

In terms of headlines from the final day – congratulations to Amanda Van Vuuren, Darshana Dhaka, Mat MacDonald and Connor Brown from Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust on winning the Clinical Audit Heroes Sustainability award as part of our Sustainability Lunch & Learn event today.

There also continued to be lots of sharing across twitter:

We will continue to share outputs from the week on our website, forum and NHS Futures. Also please join us next week for our open quarterly meeting where we will also review the week in future detail alongside our forward plan.

Day 4

Thursday was another excellent day of promoting and celebrating clinical audit both in the events held and across the country and beyond.

The theme for our lunch and learn and audit hero award was influencing change. We had an excellent talk from Deb Cundey on Making data count in clinical audit and how to use these tools to effectively influence change. The slides from the talk are available to view on our Forum (link) if you missed the session and we will also share the recording in due course for all the L&Ls.

We also announced Amy Baker, Patient Outcomes Manager, and the Patient Outcomes Team at Cambridge University Hospitals and Ella Howard, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service Assistant Psychologist at Cambridgeshire Community Services as joint winners of The Influencing Organisational Change Hero Award. Further details can be found below:

It was also fantastic to have Dr Vin Diwakar join us for our taking action on clinical audit event in the afternoon and confirm that clinical audit is a key part of the NHSE forward plans:

A recording of the event is available to view on Futures platform – link below:

Michael Sykes also shared some proposed ideas on how take more effective actions national clinical audit to help improve patient care based on research and NHS impact model.

Away from the events there was lots happening on social media also to promote clinical audit:

Day 3

The focus for Wednesday was on Healthcare Inequalities and at our learn lunch session we had an excellent talk on this from Aoife Molloy @DrAoifeMolloy Senior Clinical Advisor Healthcare Inequalities Improvement @NHSEngland which received lots of positive feedback. We also announced who had won the audit hero for this category:

Out and about we more innovative ways to help promote clinical audit including podcasts, pledge cards, magazines, CAAW stands, teaching and local competitions

Well done everyone and thanks for sharing. We look forward to keeping the momentum going into the last two days.

Day 2

Tuesday has seen another day of learning, sharing and celebrating clinical audit with a focus on patient involvement. Please find below the highlights that have been shared:

Congratulations to todays winners of Patient and Public involvement award

And there was lots happening again across the country and beyond:

Introducing Virtual tours of Clinical Audit

Day 1

Well done to Robert Oakley, Senior Pharmacist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who was the 1st Audit Hero announced and presented at todays Learn and Learn. Robert and the team were recognised for work to improve safety in the use of vancomycin, an antibiotic that treats serious infections.

Lots of local CA teams have been holding events and sharing successes across the country and beyond – doing an excellent job as always….

Great to see senior leaders getting involved and supporting CAAW23….

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