Introducing the KLOE Audit Toolkit
Therapeia’s online KLOE Audit Toolkit provides a simple and cost-effective way to maintain full management oversight on a continuous basis, and is based on gathering evidence for each of the CQC’s key lines of enquiry (KLOEs). Such monitoring means that you can maintain full management oversight across the whole of your service. Not only does this help ensure that your service is ‘CQC ready’ at all times, but it also enables you to quickly identify and address any issues that may arise. In addition, such continuous monitoring helps ensure that the service is compliant with Regulation 17 (Good Governance) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 at all times.
Using the Toolkit has the added advantage that you can be fully confident that the service’s QA and governance metrics are in full alignment with the CQC’s own quality standards. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly clear that the CQC plans to increase its remote monitoring and regulation of services in the future, which means that all your QA and governance data will need to be in a digital and sharable format. The Toolkit will enable you to do this effortlessly.
What’s in the Toolkit
The Toolkit comprises four main components (‘tools’):
|Therapeia’s online KLOE Audit Tool: This is not only a fully functioning audit tool to help you gather KLOE evidence for your service, but also provides you with a model example of how best to organise such evidence in a systematic and simple-to-read manner. The Audit Tool is designed to be easy to use and learn, and utilises a simple data entry form to facilitate the inputting of information.
Using the Audit Tool you can systematically work your way through each of the KLOEs, gathering as much evidence as you wish and updating it as and when required. The Audit Tool allows you to sort and select evidence by KLOE and domain, and to record important information such as the type of evidence, a full description of the evidence, its physical location, when it was last updated, and any actions or issues attached to it.
The Audit Tool can also be used as a data source for the Provider Information Return (PIR) and other CQC information requests. This is particularly important as the CQC moves towards more online monitoring of services.
Please click here to view a demo version of the Audit Tool.
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Familiar spreadsheet format
Essential KLOE evidence guidance: There are certain types of evidence (called ‘essential evidence’ in the Toolkit) that any CQC inspector would expect to find during their inspection of a service if they were to consider rating it as ‘Good’. To make the task of choosing such essential types of evidence much easier, this guidance lists three different examples for each KLOE using an easy-to-read table.1The CQC recommends that its inspectors collect at least three pieces of evidence for each KLOE.
The idea is that you use this table as a guide to selecting and gathering your own ‘Good’ evidence, using either Therapeia’s online KLOE Audit Tool (provided as part of the Toolkit) or an audit tool of your choice.
Essential evidence presented in easy-to-read format
|Writing QA Service Reports guidance: This element of the Toolkit focuses on how to interpret and report the evidence once it has been selected and collected. Just as there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ types of evidence, so there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ interpretations. However, as the guidance explains there are a few basic considerations to bear in mind, particularly with regard to how the evidence provided addresses or ‘validates’ each KLOE and, ultimately, each domain. The guidance takes you through the validation process step-by-step before explaining how to present a summary of the evidence in the form of a QA Service Report, which follows much the same format as a CQC inspection report.||
Step-by-step guidance on analysing and reporting the evidence
|Building a Culture of Quality: This online e-book is aimed at helping you develop a broader and deeper understanding of quality assurance within your sector. It explains the whole concept of QA in the adult social care field, why it matters, and what it means to ‘measure’ quality. It also looks at the work of the CQC in relation to quality and QA, and the importance of developing a Culture of Quality. It is highly recommended that you take the time to read this before you begin using the other resources in the Toolkit.||Fully navigable QA ebook|
Registering for the Toolkit
Please note: the Toolkit is an online resource which requires a one-off registration fee of £99.99 to access it using a valid debit/credit card. The registration fee includes all updates to the Toolkit2The only exception would be if there were substantial changes made to the CQC’s methodology or KLOEs.and, unlike some products, there are no monthly or annual subscription charges which can substantially increase the cost of the service. To register please click on the ‘Register Now’ button at the top of the page.