Newsletter July 2023

Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023

The next Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW23) will be held from 19-23 June 2023.

Clinical Audit Awareness Week is a national campaign to promote and celebrate the benefits and impact of clinical audit and quality improvement work in healthcare. It is run in collaboration with the HQIP.

This year, as always, the event will centre around the Clinical Audit Heroes Awards. More information on the awards will be posted on the HQIP awards page of their website and will be shared via their monthly eBulletin and on HQIP’s social media channels over the coming months. This page will also be updated with further information on the wider #CAAW23 campaign in due course.

In the meantime, please note the following:

Lunch & Learn events and award presentations

N-QI-CAN will be running online ‘Lunch & Learn’ events daily from 12.30-1.30pm throughout the week of 19-23 June 2023, at which the winners of the Clinical Audit Heroes Awards will be announced. More information will be available in due course; please add these dates/times to your diary.

Stay up-to-date

Details on how to get involved in the Clinical Audit Heroes Awards and the wider ‘CAAW23  campaign will be made available on both N-QI-CAN and HQIP’s websites, as it becomes available.

20th December 2022

Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Task & Finish Group Leads

We would like to announce that we have commenced the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Task & Finish Group Leads to support the delivery of the N-QI-CAN Forward Plan and improvement priorities.

Please see advert for details

20th December 2022

YEARN – Expressions of interest Chair, Deputy Chair and Steering Group Members

The YEARN Expression of interest process for the following roles is now open:

  • Chair (Election)
  • Deputy Chair (Election)
  • Steering Group Members (Volunteer)

Please see advert for details

20th December 2022

SCCAN – SECEN – Expressions of interest Deputy Chair and Steering Group Members

The SCCAN – SECEN ‘Expression of Interest’ process for the following roles is now open:

  • Deputy Chair (Election)
  • Steering Group Members (Volunteer)

Please see advert for details

11th November 2022

Take Part in the Clinical Audit User Needs Research Survey

Take part in the Clinical Audit User Needs Research survey as part of detailed user needs research to gain a better understanding of how NHS staff interact with clinical audits, how they interpret the information and apply the national recommendations at a local level.

The results of this survey will be used to:

  • co-create a knowledge hub that is accessible to all those with an interest in national clinical audit  
  • facilitate a community of practice and strengthen peer support  
  • provide an opportunity for shared learning  
  • enable timely signposting of national clinical audit recommendations and best practice case studies.

The survey closes on 2nd December 2022.

You can take part in this survey here  or contact us via

5th October 2022

New General Secretary Announced

“We are delighted to welcome Marina Otley as the new Gen Sec of N-QI-CAN taking over from Sarah Chessell. Sarah will be handing over to Marina through October and will remain as a valued Co-opted member of N-QI-CAN for the next 12 months. We would like to thank Sarah for her contributions to N-QI-CAN, the Clinical Audit & the wider improvement community and all she has achieved in her time as N-QI-CAN General Secretary.”

11th August 2022

Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the role of N-QI-CAN General Secretary

We would like to announce that we have commenced the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the role of N-QI-CAN General Secretary.

This is an N-QI-CAN Officer position and requires an individual to have gained the knowledge and experience of chairing a Regional Network and having supported the N-QI-CAN Forward Plan (as outlined in the document Routes Of Engagement and Leadership Progression in Regional Networks & N-QI-CAN’.

In accordance with our N-QI-CAN Governance Arrangements Document, the following process for election has been agreed:

Upcoming election of General Secretary:

  • Deadline for EOI is close of play Monday 5th September 22. Eligible candidates will be required to provide evidence that they have support and approval of their employing organisation/line manager to undertake the role
  • Expressions of interest should be written knowing they will be publicly available 
  • Expressions of interest should be made in a word letter.  We are not providing a template form and there is no word limit.   When an individual is preparing an expression of interest they should:
    • Refer to the governance arrangements document so they are clear on the purpose of N-QI-CAN and the roles within
    • Detail their relevant qualifications, work experiences and skills
    • Explain what they would bring to the role
    • Evidence of commitment in attending N-QI-CAN quarterly and development meetings, supporting and taking forward task and finish groups to realise the Forward Plan
    • Evidence of leading the Regional Network meetings and actively supporting the Clinical Audit and wider Quality Improvement community
  • HQIP in an independent supportive role will check eligibility of EOIs against criteria from the N-QI-CAN Governance Arrangements document
  • The N-QI-CAN Comms lead will circulate the eligible EOIs to the regional chairs for a regional network vote  
  • Election of General Secretary final vote to be undertaken in the 29th September 2022 N-QI-CAN business meeting
  • The successful candidate will commence the role in October 2022 following a handover with the current General Secretary
  • Current General Secretary has confirmed intention to remain as a co-opted member for 12 months

Please can you send your Expression of Interest to Vicky Patel via the N-QI-CAN inbox ( by close of play 5th September 2022. Please note that the EOI will be publicly shared as part of the election process.

14 July 2022

N-QI-CAN Quarterly Meeting – NEW MODEL – 29th Sept 22

You said – We did!

Excited to announce in further strengthening @nqican we are moving to quarterly central meetings with key topics and speakers (e.g. @ModelNHS @NICEComms) that are open to all. Further supports Regional N-QI-CAN Networks & Chairs. Further updates over the coming weeks.

We made our pledge – did you? Pledge | Fab NHS Stuff  #FabChanges22to23

May 2022

Lunch-and-Learn events

A series of five online events will be hosted by N-QI-CAN during Clinical Audit Awareness Week:

  • Monday 13 June, 12.30pm-2pm: Patient Safety
    Dr Josie O’Heney, HQIP (Key speaker); Vicky Patel, N-QI-CAN (Chair); Jordan Thompson, NECAN (Facilitator)
    Click here to join the event
  • Tuesday 14 June, 12.30pm-2pm: Patient Advocate
    Kim Rezel, HQIP (Key speaker), Sarah Chessell, N-QI-CAN (Chair); Craig Short, EMCAIN (Faciltator)
    Click here to join the event
  • Wednesday 15 June, 12.30pm-2pm: Influencing Change
    Sam Riley, NHSEI (Key speaker); Vicky Patel, N-QI-CAN (Chair); Laila Gregory, LQICAN (Facilitator)
    Click here to join the event
  • Thursday 16 June, 12.30pm-2pm: Health Inequalities
    Caroline Rogers, HQIP (Key speaker); Sarah Chessell, N-QI-CAN (Chair); Sarah Byrne, MQICAN (Facilitator)
    Click here to join the event
  • Friday 17 June, 12.30pm-2pm: Future-proofing Healthcare
    James Mountford, NHSEI (Key speaker); Vicky Patel, N-QI-CAN (Chair); Mojgan Sani, SECAN (Facilitator)
    Click here to join the event

The winners will also be invited to present on the relevant day.


NEWS FLASH Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW22 announced 13th-17th June 22!

N-QI-CAN are delighted to be co-hosting with HQIP.

This year’s event will centre around the Clinical Audit Hero Awards. An opportunity to recognise, share and learn form improving the quality of healthcare for patients and users of services:

  • Patient Safety
    Patient Advocate
    Influencing Change
    Health Inequalities
    Future Proofing Healthcare … fKT1OrP2Ul

N-QI-CAN will be hosting ‘Lunch & Learns’ daily. Aligned to and showcasing the Clinical Audit Hero Awards categories 12.30-2pm Mon-Fri. More info to follow.


Bi-annual report published

We are pleased to announce that we have published our Bi-annual report today. The report produced by outgoing chair Carl Walker summarises the work and successes from our networks from the last two years. Please take time to read, share and be proud of the report as this is the result of everyone’s hard work and commitment during extremely difficult times.

Link to Bi-annual report


Please join us…..

Our forum is open to all network members and NHS colleagues.


Call for Co-opted Members

We are currently looking for members of our regional clinical audit / QI networks to represent the following areas as co-opted members at our quarterly meetings:-

• Ambulance Trust

• Primary Care

• Care home / Hospice

• Prison Service

If you are a clinical audit network member, work in any of these areas and are interested in joining us to play an active part in our virtual quarterly meetings please email us your expression of interest to before 1st August 2021.

For further details about our quarterly meetings and our governance please see below:

24th June 2021

Clinical Audit Awareness Week is moving

HQIP supported by ourselves (N-QI-CAN) have agreed not to hold Clinical Audit Awareness week (CAAW) in November this year. HQIP is exploring the feasibility of hosting CAAW in Spring 2022.
N-QI-CAN regional chairs provided useful feedback recently highlighting that November is typically a challenging month for Trusts as winter pressures begin to mount and this year is expected to be even busier with the anticipated focus on restoration and recovery from the pandemic.
If CAAW takes place in 2022 we hope that Trusts will be in a better position and have more capacity to engage with the week. By this time, the new N-QI-CAN chair and general secretary will be in post and be able to support CAAW.
If trusts hold their own celebratory events outside of CAAW, whenever their own capacity allows and it is safe to do so, then we would still like to know about these and you are welcome to use the hashtag #CAAW (link)