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‘State of clinical audit’ report published
The full report for CASC’s annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey is now available with the 18-page document providing a full account of over 100 survey responses received in December 2014. Highlights include: a rise in respondents stating they feel more positive about clinical audit (45.5%) than a year ago (39.9%) and the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme being voted ‘the most effective national audit’ for the fifth consecutive year. The proportion of NCA’s rated ‘excellent/good’ dropped below 30% for the first time in our survey and successful patient involvement in clinical audit remains a concern with just 6.4% of respondents classifying patient involvement in audits as ‘good’. To read the full report, click here.
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 email@example.com. 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.
New HQIP QI methods guide now available
CASC would encourage all staff involved in the delivery of clinical audit and quality improvement to download a copy of the new Quality Improvement Methods Guide that is now available via the HQIP website. The guide was published in June 2015 and is 35 pages in length. Key methods discussed within the guide include: clinical audit, plan do study act, model for improvement, lean/six sigma, performance benchmarking, failure modes and effects analysis, process mapping, statistical process control, root cause analysis, etc. The guide signposts those working in commissioning and using healthcare services to a broad range of quality improvement methods. Take a look, via the HQIP website.
HQIP announce closure of NCAF
HQIP have announced that their National Clinical Audit Forum (NCAF) will be closing on 25th August 2015. The resource which was initially requested by the Chief Medical Officer almost 10 years ago had the primary aim of helping clinical audit and quality improvement professionals network and share resources. Over 2,500 members signed-up to the resource and key features included a discussion board, document share facility, events calendar, groups and networks, etc. Although CASC championed the resource and Stephen made the most discussion posts of any contributor uptake has waned and just five discussion items have been initiated in the last 12 months. NCAF contains almost 400 useful documents and those interested have until 5pm on 25th August to retrieve materials from NCAF via the HQIP website.
CASC Jobs report: significant rise in vacancies
As you may be aware, since July 2009 CASC have published a regular clinical audit job vacancy bulletin. In the corresponding 72 months since this was launched, 170 bulletins have been released listing over 800 vacancies. Every year the CASC team review the data and produce an annual report. Figures for 2014/15 show a significant rise in advertised clinical audit vacancies up from a low of 92 in 2011/12 to a record high of 189 in the last twelve months. Data indicates that the number of temporary vacancies has dropped sharply from a high of 37% in 2012/13 to 18% in 2014/15. The report also identifies that unlike Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups do not appear to be recruiting clinical audit staff. To read the full report, 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!
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 175 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.