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NCAPOP funding and views from the coalface
Local clinical audit professionals have recently alerted us to important changes in relation to funding for the ongoing National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). On 30 August 2016, NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh wrote to Medical Directors and Finance Directors of all NHS Trusts. The letter details significant changes to the funding arrangements for 2016-17 and states ‘a standard charge of £10,000 + VAT per annum will be made to all NHS Trusts. The letter also provides details of how subscriptions will be managed and collected by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). To read the full letter, click here. During the first-half of October CASC conducted a short online survey to gain feedback from clinical audit professionals on the new NCAPOP arrangements. We would like to offer our thanks to the 66 respondents who completed this. Initial interim results are shared in this short document.
CASC Abstract accepted by Patient First
We are delighted that Patient First accepted an abstract for their forthcoming conference in London from 22-23 November that showcases the work that we have recently carried out with Rainbows Children’s Hospice. The abstract will be turned into a poster and has been accepted into the ‘Building patient safety capacity at a local level’ category. Since 2014 CASC have been working in collaboration with Rainbows and testing the use of Significant Event Audit (SEA) as an effective and rapid way for reviewing internal patient safety incidents. Following training in SEA methods, CASC have assisted Rainbows in setting up a robust mechanism for reviewing incidents using the SEA process. This approach has been embraced by Rainbows staff and saves time compared to the traditional root cause analysis model. We will publish the poster online after the conference to share details.
In September 2016 news reached CASC that NHS England have taken the decision to disband with immediate effect the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE). Established in 2008, NAGCAE were set up to oversee the reinvigoration of local and national clinical audit and provide expert independent advice to the Department of Health. NAGCAE have been chaired by Professor Nick Black (pictured) and over the years membership has included well known clinical audit professionals such as: Martin Ferris, Katherine Birch and Janette Mills. The announcement to disband NAGCAE was initially made via Twitter but NHS England have now published a statement providing the reasoning behind their decision, plus future plans for gaining clinical audit advice. To read the statement, click here.
CASC article published in Nursing Times
We are delighted to announce that our joint article written with Claire Rashid and Rachel Bradley (from Leicestershire Partnership Trust) has been published in the Nursing Times. Entitled ‘Using clinical audit to reflect and revalidate’ the article focuses on the ways nurses can participate in clinical audit, how clinical audit can be used for reflection within revalidation and how nurses can reflect on conferences they attend. The article includes information in relation to specific Leicestershire Partnership Trust clinical audit events and the Trust’s established and ongoing relationship with CASC to allow nurses to study for and conduct local audits via the accredited distance-learning course. To read the article, click here.
Get ready for Clinical Audit Awareness Week
HQIP have announced that Clinical Audit Awareness Week (CAAW) will take place from 22 to 30 November. The week will encompass a number of central events including the Patient First conference (taking place in London on 22 and 23 November) and the Junior Doctor Finals Day (taking place in Leicester on 30 November). In addition, local clinical audit teams are being encouraged to organise events to highlight the growing importance of clinical audit. As ever, CASC will be taking part in CAAW and we are in the process of planning what support and materials we will provide for the clinical audit community.
Junior Doctor Finals Day update
Plans for the Junior Doctor Finals Day taking in Leicester on 30 November are now taking shape. All junior doctor’s that kindly submitted their entries have now been informed of the outcome of their submission with those shortlisted invited to showcase their work in the poster competitions. In addition, we can confirm a number of keynote speakers for the event, including Professor Danny Keenan (HQIP Medical Director), Carl Walker (Chairman of NQICAN) and James Hilton (from Art of Brilliance). We can also confirm speakers from NICE, BMJ Quality and previous award winners. Full details for the speaker line-up will be available very soon. The event is open to all those working in clinical audit, please contact us for more details.
Sign up for the clinical audit and QI RCT
The brilliant Sam McIntyre (formerly of HQIP and now part of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Audit Team) has set up the first-ever Randomised Coffee Trial (RCT) for clinical audit and quality improvement professionals. This event will be part of NHS Change Day taking place on 19 October. The purpose of the RCT is to link those working in the field and give them the opportunity to discuss current issues and share ideas. All those who sign up for the RCT will be randomly matched and encouraged to meet in person, or via a telephone call or even a Twitter chat. Further details of this innovative approach to getting members of the clinical audit community are available here.
News CASC course dates released
CASC are delighted to announce a series of accredited training courses that will be held in Leicester at the start of 2017. Advanced Clinical Audit will take place in Portsmouth on 18 November and in Leicester on 17 January with the Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course to be held in Leicester on 18 January. We are also offering our Root Cause Analysis one-day course in Leicester on 19 January. Discounts are available for multiple bookings. In addition, all of our courses can be delivered onsite, thus saving travel time and costs for staff. If you require any further details, please contact us.
Do you require project support?
In addition to the accredited training courses offered by CASC, the team also has experience and expertise in providing a wide range of project support for NHS and healthcare teams in the short to long-term. Over the years CASC have helped clinical audit and quality improvement teams with many initiatives from developing designing training materials, developing clinical audit tools, assessing data and writing reports to conducting patient surveys and running in-house clinical audit and quality improvement events/conferences. We are also happy to conduct independent clinical audit and quality improvement projects and these are often viewed positively by the likes of the Care Quality Commission as they demonstrate an independent and external assessment of care. If you need any support to cover maternity leave or short-term vacancies in your team then please get in touch.
Need clinical audit help? Join the distance-learning course
In recent years more and more healthcare professionals are being encouraged to participate in clinical audit activity. Medics are now expected to carry out high quality clinical audit for revalidation and appraisal purposes while junior doctors must conduct annual audit projects. Healthcare professionals and commissioners are increasingly asked to conduct clinical audit projects but most lack time, support and expertise to carry out effective and complete projects that improve patient care. CASC’s accredited distance-learning course is designed to make clinical audit simple, easy and as painless as possible for those who need to carry out an audit project. All learners receive a detailed course guide and the support of an expert tutor to teach and advise them. Learners who complete the course not only gain a positive experience of clinical audit but they are also rewarded with a national qualification that provides further evidence of learning, professional development and enhances their CV. To read more about the course, click here. In order to obtain a booking form or to speak to a course tutor call (0116) 264 3411.
Follow CASC on Twitter
CASC signed up to Twitter in 2009 and after an initial slow start we now regularly tweet out messages on clinical audit and quality improvement. Thus far we have written over 2000 tweets and uploaded over 150 photos and images. We use Twitter to feedback national news and CASC initiatives and you can locate us best by searching for @cascleicester. As a business we choose not to try and inflate our followers by following lots of other twitter users and we are pleased to see that many clinical audit and quality improvement professionals now regularly use twitter. We also try to engage in important online debates and we are members and subscribers of the ‘Clinical Audit’ public list recently created by Sam McIntyre. If you use twitter, please get in touch via social media!
Issue 205 of audit jobs bulletin now available
The Clinical Audit Support Centre launched their Clinical Audit Jobs Bulletin in June 2009. Every two weeks we search through all of the clinical audit-related jobs advertised on the NHS jobs website and produce a relevant document that will enable audit professionals to see what jobs are currently available. We list the main descriptors for each role, e.g. employing organisation, job title, salary, location and closing date. We have also noted the job reference number that will allow you to find further details of jobs that you want more information on without spending lots of time searching the entire NHS jobsite database. To download the Jobs Bulletin, click here.
Request your CASC information pack
CASC have developed a short PDF information guide that provides you with more details in relation to the work we conduct. The PDF includes the following sections: introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The information guide provides a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals and teams to improve care and make it safer. The case studies showcase real-life examples of how our work has assured best practice and saved money. To access a copy of the information guide in PDF format, click here.
Register for the CASC E-News!
Since we launched our E Newsletter in February 2007 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up! The E News is free and delivered direct to your email account every two months. The newsletter provides you with a mix of CASC-related and other clinical audit news to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of clinical audit. If you have missed a previous issue of E News please visit the community section of our website where all previous issues are archived. Follow this link to sign up for your copy.
The Clinical Audit Support Centre (CASC) was established in 2006 and essentially provides accredited training, guidance and consultancy support in clinical audit and a range of healthcare quality improvement methods.
CASC’s small team is made-up of ex-NHS professionals and external consultants all of whom have widespread experience in their field of expertise and who hold relevant qualifications.
CASC help develop best practice in healthcare improvement and recent examples of this include development of the Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit and the international textbook, New Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit. In addition, CASC provide practical support via innovative online resources, podcasts and externally assessed accredited courses.
Our aim is to make clinical audit and quality improvement in healthcare user-friendly, effective and beneficial for all participants. Our key business objective is to deliver a quick, independent, cost-effective and invaluable service for our customers.