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CARMS e-bulletin

Issue 14 - Autumn 2017
The quarterly bulletin from the Clinical Audits and Registries Management Service (CARMS)
National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) Hospital Characteristics form now available electronically

For the first time, hospitals will complete the Hospital Characteristics form electronically. Hospitals have until 20 October to complete the redesigned form.

Ward staff and patients recently completed the bedside audit questionnaire and patient experience survey. The results of patient surveys and the Hospital Characteristics collection will be published in March 2018.

There will be no bedside and patient experience collection next September as these surveys are being piloted in a new electronic form.

The Audit team recently attended the 6th National Diabetes Inpatient Conference and heard how hospitals are using the audit data to make quality improvements (QI). If your hospital would like to be involved in the NaDIA QI project email
Clinical Audit Platform (CAP) User Group meet for a second time

The CAP User Group has been exploring ideas for future improvement, such as how to make the 15 minute time-out for data security more user-friendly, and instant online feedback functionality.

If you would like to join the Group, which meets once or twice a year, or provide feedback about CAP, please email

CAP users were invited to complete an online survey over the summer. 40 users completed the survey, representing 13 different collections.

The users gave CAP an overall rating of 6.9 out of 10. Of those who use other data collection systems, 52 per cent found CAP better or significantly better in comparison.

Where there were suggestions for improvements, for example in the online reports, the feedback has been passed to the relevant collection team to follow up.
National Diabetes Audit

This year it became mandatory for services in England to complete the NDA Core and this summer the 2016-17 collection achieved its highest participation since the audit began in 2003. The exact figures will be available in the full report on 10 November. The team thanks the CCGs, Practices and Clinical Networks for their contribution.

Increasing numbers of trusts are moving to email addresses. Please remember that if your trust's email address protocols are changing, all CAP users will need to register a new Single Sign On and complete a new User Registration Form for Caldicott Guardian sign off. If you need a form, visit the relevant collection's page.