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6th annual junior doctor competitions now open!
CASC are delighted to announce that our 2015 Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement competitions for junior doctors are now open. To submit entries, juniors simply have to read the competition instructions and enter their abstract using the template document that CASC have created. Entrants have until the end of August 2015 to submit their entries to us via firstname.lastname@example.org. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership are again collaborating with CASC on this initiative and once all abstracts have been received finalists will be shortlisted in September and then invited to attend a Finals Day in Leicester during the second-half of November (date to be confirmed). To access further details of both competitions and the entry templates, please click here.
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!
CASC call for clinical audit ‘antiques’!
CASC recently delivered a training session in Harrogate and visited the White Hart Hotel – where both Tracy and Stephen received their initial audit training from PMK Associates in 1994-95. It led us to reminisce on many of the excellent materials and resource that were available for medical/clinical audit in the 1990s. Believe it or not, the British Medical Journal featured Audit in person in every issue and this excellent article by Firth-Cozens and Venning from 1991 entitled “Audit officers – what are they up to?” includes a conclusion that is as valid and intelligent today as it was over two decades ago! We’d particularly like to track down any of the following audit antiques: copies of Audit Trends magazine, old Eli Lilly National Clinical Audit Centre protocols, Clinical Audit Association materials, e.g. copies of NETWORK newsletter and materials from previous Auditorium events! If you have any of these to hand, please get in touch! Click here to read the Audit in Person article from 1991.
CQC speaker outlines the importance of clinical audit
On 25th March 2015, CASC were fortunate to observe a keynote presentation by Karen Bennett-Wilson (Head of CQC Inspection for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities) as part of Leicestershire Partnership Trust’s annual clinical audit conference. Mrs. Bennett-Wilson repeatedly stressed the importance and value of clinical audit and she noted that when the CQC ask ‘is the service effective?’ they focus attention on national clinical audit data and the local audit projects. Further, Mrs. Bennett-Wilson identified that the CQC were increasingly looking for evidence of re-audits that show improvements in patient care. To conclude her keynote talk, Mrs. Bennett Wilson discussed common findings from recent CQC inspections and these included: evidence that some Trusts do not participate in national audits and limited local audit functions with particular failure to learn from findings and conduct re-audits particularly noted.
OCNWMR report praises CASC training courses
At the start of the year OCNWMR conducted a review of CASC’s accredited courses and produced a subsequent monitoring report. The review of management and administration, staffing and resources and procedures and policies found CASC to be fully compliant. Previous actions requested by OCNWMR had been effectively implemented by the CASC team and the report concluded ‘The Internal Verification process is working well. The courses provided by Clinical Audit Support Centre Ltd. are an excellent example of good practice in on-line assessment and the learner achievement is of a high standard. The support provided by the CASC assessor is supportive, informative and constructive and the internal verification robust’. Whilst delighted with this feedback, CASC plan to make a number of subtle changes in coming months to improve our accredited training further. If you are interested in finding out what courses CASC offer, click here.
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.
Issue 165 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 series of promotional materials that provides you with more details of the work that we support. The wallet of information includes a set of inserts: Introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The materials provide a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals to improve the care that they deliver and there are a number of excellent case studies that show how our work has enabled organisations and teams to collaborate with us on ventures that have improved care, assured best practice and saved money. If you would like to receive your copy, please email your name and full postal address to email@example.com
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.