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Winners of CASC/HQIP QI and Audit Awards Named
70 delegates and finalists assembled at Devonshire Place in Leicester on 20th November for the Finals Day of HQIP and CASC’s junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement awards. The event featured 44 excellent posters submitted by junior doctors from across the United Kingdom and was chaired jointly by HQIP’s Professor Keenan and Kate Godfrey. Seven prizes were awarded across the two separate clinical audit and quality improvement categories and the judging panel commended all entrants for their hard work and high standards. Martin Ferris awarded his audit prize to Drs. Wakefield and Osbourne for their ‘Verifying death, implementing a successful change in practice’. Drs. Evans, Evans and Armstrong were awarded first prize overall in the clinical audit category for their ‘Don’t be a clot – ensure the prescription of out-patient VTE prophylaxis following lower limb arthroscopy’ audit. Winners of the inaugural quality improvement competition were a team from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland made up of Drs. Wilson and Carson, D. Lyons (Clinical Risk Adviser) and L.Palmer (Haemovigilance Practitioner) for their project entitled ‘Improving the Identity Checklist of Theatre Specimens’. Click here to access the Roll of Honour. Posters and further feedback from the event will be available very soon.
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 auditing 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.
CASC SEA workshop ‘tour’ commences in Bristol
The recent ‘Berwick Report’ focused attention on patient safety in healthcare and stated that NHS staff should master quality and patient safety sciences. On 17th October the CASC Directors delivered the first in a series of workshops focusing on patient safety. The ‘Safety and Quality Revalidation workshop: Significant Event Audit’ helps delegates understand how to conduct effective significant event audit in their workplace. Thanks to the support of HQIP, CASC will be delivering the workshop at a number of locations across England, including: London, Birmingham, Manchester, York and Leicester. To find out more about the training and to book your place, click here.
Watch our new film on ‘the state of clinical audit’
In 2010 CASC launched their annual survey looking at the state of clinical audit in the UK. The survey is made available online every December and is typically completed by clinical audit/governance and healthcare professionals with an interest in audit and QI. Results of the survey are made available via a detailed report (available on the CASC website) and this year we have also produced a 35-minute presentation so that those with an interest can find out more. The presentation is available via Clinical Audit TV and can be accessed by clicking here. We are also in the process of planning the fourth survey in December and invite you to suggest new questions for this via the Clinical Audit Tools discussion board – click here for more details.
CASC release latest audit job vacancies report
Every year the CASC team analyse all of the clinical audit jobs data that we have collected via our bi-monthly Clinical Audit Jobs bulletin. The data is then placed in a report and we are pleased to announce that our 2013 Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report is now available. The great news is that after two years of disappointing data figures for July 2012 to June 2013 identify a number of promising trends. For the first time since 2009-10 the number of audit vacancies reported on NHS jobs website has increased and in 2012-3 a total of 11 Band 8 clinical audit vacancies were advertised (more than 2009-12 inclusive). The report notes that the proportion of clinical audit vacancies offered as temporary has risen steeply from 18.5% in 2009-10 to 37% in 2012-13. To read the report in full, click here.
CASC launch accredited training for social care staff
CASC have teamed up with Healthcare Conferences UK to develop a one-day accredited clinical audit course aimed specifically at social care professionals. Although clinical audit is a relatively new discipline for care home staff and others working in various social care settings, this course will provide learners with all the required knowledge and skills to set up effective clinical audit projects at a local-level. The course will also provide learners with an opportunity to create social care audits that CASC will then develop into practical shared tools for attendees. The course is accredited via the West Midlands Region Open College Network and all learners will be able to gain the relevant qualification. Click here for more details.
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.
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.
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 127 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
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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.