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News from 2014 audit and improvement conference
Healthcare Conferences UK’s annual clinical audit and improvement conference took place on London from 26-27 February. Keynote speakers included Professor Nick Black (NAGCAE Chair), Professor Danny Keenan (HQIP Medical Director) and Richard Arnold (Clinical Audit Lead for NHS England). Highlights of the conference included Prof Black listing the achievements of local/national audit in the last 5 years and his view that ‘you couldn’t imagine now a government saying audit is not important’. Sir Mike Richards noted that he is a ‘great believer in the value of clinical audit’ and stated that the CQC use audit data on a regular basis. In addition to keynote national speakers the event also showcased some exceptional examples of local work, for example Dr. Martin Farrier’s QI initiative in Wigan and the OICAN network across Orthopaedic Hospitals noted by Mr. Cormac Kelly. CASC have set up a discussion board to stimulate debate on the key talking points from the conference. Click here to find out more.
NAGCAE need two new members!
The National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) were set up in 2008 and provide vital strategic advice to the NHS England on clinical audit and confidential enquiries. We understand that NAGCAE seek two new members: a clinician from a regulatory body and a local clinical audit representative. From CASC’s perspective, it is vital that local clinical audit is effectively represented on the group and the successful candidate will be following in the footsteps of Martin Ferris and Katherine Birch! To find out more about the work of NAGCAE, click here. In order to obtain an information pack relating to the two current vacancies, click here. Be aware, the closing date for applications is 3 April 2014.
Latest news from HQIP
On 26th February HQIP launched their new National Clinical Audit Quality Framework that aims to help partners improve the quality of National Clinical Audits operating in England. The framework essentially acts as an ‘audit of audits’ and the self-assessment will remain open until 21 March. Once data has been collected and analysed HQIP will release a public report. In other news, HQIP have revised and updated their ‘Statutory and Mandatory requirements for clinical audit’ guidance document. Key changes include information on the NHS Standard Contract 2014/15 and NHS Foundation Trust Annual Reporting Manual 2013/14. In order to access further information on both documents, please click here.
Start 2014 with an accredited CASC course!
The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to announce that we offer a number of accredited courses in one-day, online and distance-learning formats. If you would like more details then please visit the training page on our website or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the Advanced Clinical Audit course and Root Cause Analysis Masterclass will be held in Leicester on 20th March 2014 and there are also FREE places available on our Significant Event Audit Masterclass in January and February (see below). CASC can also offer in-house training and our portfolio of courses includes: clinical audit, various risk management techniques, leadership skills, etc.
Interim results from annual survey available
CASC are delighted to publish the initial results from our 4th annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey. This was conducted in December 2013 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all 142 respondents for generously giving their time to complete the online questionnaire. The survey focuses on many aspects of clinical audit: views on national audits, resourcing issues, focus on patient involvement, re-audit rates, positive/negative attitudes, etc. This initial report provides top-line results and CASC will work to produce a more detailed report for publication later in 2014. Click here if you would like to read the initial results. CASC have also set up a thread on the Clinical Audit Tools website if you would like to debate the results with others. Click here to access the discussion board.
CASC provide interim audit support to healthcare teams
On 1st February, CASC formally launched their new interim clinical audit support service. The service is aimed at helping teams and organisations that need short-term clinical audit support. This may be to assist with a staff vacancy/maternity leave, provide support on a time-limited project (such as a local or national audit), assist in conducting independent work (that may be requested by a local commissioner or national body such as the CQC), etc. If you need support, guidance, training or expertise in clinical audit and wider quality improvement techniques please contact the CASC team. We also hold longer-term service-level agreements with NHS teams that benefit from our guidance and expertise and who find this approach ensures continuity and a cost effective solution. Please contact us to find out more about the services that we offer and how we can assist you. Click here for more details.
Root Cause Analysis training proving a great success
For many years now the Clinical Audit Support Centre have been delivering a range of training in key risk management techniques. Our significant event audit training is proving ever popular but we have recently seen a resurgence in interest in our Root Cause Analysis Masterclass that is delivered by CASC associate, Louise Hazelwood. Louise worked for many years in the NHS as a clinical audit and governance manager before leaving the NHS to work as an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. The one-day RCA Masterclass covers all aspects of root cause analysis and can be accessed as an accredited course either in Leicester (next course takes place on 20th March 2014) or in-house. To find out more about the course, click here.
Three short clinical audit films released
Clinical Audit Support Centre try exceptionally hard to identify examples of best practice in clinical audit and share these with the wider clinical audit community. A common problem in audit circles revolves around the perceived lack of high quality clinical audits that others can review and learn from. To help address this problem, CASC have worked closely with former winners of the 2011 Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year competition to produce a number of short films that showcase exceptional audits that were selected as competition winners by a wide-range of clinical audit experts. More films will be developed in due course and we invite you to take a look at the first three, via Clinical Audit TV. Click here to watch.
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 134 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.