The Combined Care Assurance and Audit Tool (CCAAT) was developed with the South Sector and has been adopted by the other acute inpatient areas to be utilised as a tool to review and assure the quality of care within each of the clinical areas. It is recommended that SCN/SCM/TLs carry out a monthly CCAAT to assure the quality of care within their clinical area and the results shared with the ward team, Lead Nurse and Chief Nurse. Ultimately the Chief Nurse will provide assurance for all the wards within their sector/service to the Board Nurse Director and in turn they will report to the Chief Executive.
The CCAAT follows the same scoring system as the Infection Prevention and Control Audit Tool (IPCAT) Where the result is either red or amber an immediate improvement plan requires to be put in place to address the issues highlighted from the CCAAT. Lead Nurses should carry out an independent CCAAT in each of their wards bimonthly, with the results being compared with the monthly CCAAT carried out by the SCNSCM/TL.
Repeat visiting time frames will be based on the combined score, however, where there are improvements required within individual sections of the CCAAT, this will be locally agreed and auctioned.