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4th annual clinical audit jobs report published
Since 2009 CASC have produced over 140 fortnightly clinical audit job vacancy bulletins. Every July the CASC team review data and provide an updated report comparing year-on-year information. The latest short report is now available and will be of interest to anyone working in clinical audit or wider quality improvement. Key findings show that the number of vacancies reported in 2013-14 dropped slightly from 135 in 2012-13 to 132, although the proportion of permanent posts advertised increased in the same period from 61.5% to 74.2%. The report notes that the number of band 7+ clinical audit vacancies dropped by 60% in the last 12 months and of greatest concern is the collapse of audit jobs in the CCG sector: between 2009-11 the average number of audit jobs advertised in PCTs was 18 per year, but in the 16 months since CCGs were established in April 2013 only 4 clinical audit jobs have been advertised. To read the full report, click here.
Deadline looms for junior doctor competitions
CASC are delighted to announce the launch of our fifth annual clinical audit and quality improvement competitions for junior doctors. The competition first started as a clinical audit competition in 2010 but has subsequently grown into a wider clinical audit and quality improvement event. As in 2013, HQIP are partnering CASC in this initiative and we welcome entries from junior doctors working across the United Kingdom. Those wishing to take part need to submit their entries as abstracts using the relevant templates available by clicking here. You can also download our poster and display this to encourage juniors to enter by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is the end of August and all entries will be reviewed in September. All finalists will be invited to showcase their projects via a poster competition to be held in Leicester on 19th November.
HQIP 2014 conference: bookings now open
HQIP have announced that their annual conference will take place from 3-4 November at the Nottingham East Midlands Conference Centre. In addition, the Clinical Audit Awareness Week has been scheduled for 20-24 October and this will include audit tea breaks, evening twitter chats, webinars, etc. Booking for the conference is now open and more details can be found by visiting www.hqip.org.uk. The event will incorporate the annual HQIP Quality Improvement Awards dinner, keynote speakers including Sir Mike Richards and Sir Bruce Keogh, plus delegates have the opportunity to attend four out of twelve workshops. Delegate places are £175 including VAT and HQIP are offering discounted accommodation via the onsite Orchard Hotel.
Updated teaching toolkit now available
We are delighted to announce that the updated version of our Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit is now available via the HQIP website. The new version includes ten new activities to help make clinical audit training memorable, interactive and fun. Click here, to access the toolkit and download all the relevant materials. In addition, CASC have been running our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course in partnership with HQIP in June and we will provide full details and feedback in July. Early indications show that the training has been well received and the updated CATT is gaining very positive feedback.
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.
1989-2014: 25 years up for clinical audit
It may have escaped the attention of many, but the ‘Working for Patients’ White Paper that introduced medical audit (later to become clinical audit) to the NHS was published 25 years ago in spring 1989. The White Paper emerged from a Government review of the NHS in 1988 and the then Secretary of State for Health Kenneth Clarke was given the responsibility of its implementation. Originally aimed at doctors, medical audit was defined as ‘the systematic critical analysis of the quality of medical care including the procedures used for diagnosis and treatment, the use of resources and the resulting outcome and quality of life for the patient.’ Given that clinical audit now marks its 25th anniversary CASC have set up a discussion board post to allow you to share your first memories of clinical audit with others. Click here to get involved and take a nostalgic walk down clinical audit memory lane.
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 149 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.