Social care guidance and resources
Coming soon: two care audit resources for social care professionals (updated August 2012)
Work is progressing well on the development of two guidance resources for social care professionals looking to develop care audit within their local care setting.
Both 'Care audit: A guide for leaders' and 'Care audit: A practice manual for frontline leaders and teams' will be published later this year, and have been written in consultation with the sector, to give practical advice for enacting care audit within social care settings.
This guidance shows how a simple, proven approach, care audit, is flexible enough to be used in almost any social care environment, from a single team or care home to a large national provider organisation. These resources are due for publication in Summer 2013.
Care audit: A guide for leaders
This guide describes the benefits of care audit to people using services, organisations, teams and individuals, provides an overview of the process and sets out the role of operational and strategic leaders in implementing care audit within their organisation, as part of a whole systems approach to quality and service improvement.
Care audit: A practice manual for frontline leaders and teams
This manual sets out a step by step approach to carrying out care audit using a quality improvement cycle approach.
At its most basic, a care audit involves reviewing the way care is provided against agreed and proven standards for high quality, taking action to improve practice to meet these standards, then re-measuring to identify and make further improvements.
By applying systematic approaches to reviewing the impact of care within the sector, organisations themselves and the people using their services can understand whether all the different elements that contribute to quality as a whole are working.
Please email email@example.com if you'd like to join the dedicated contact list for updates on when these resources are to be published and to find out more about our work on care audit.
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