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Winners announced at junior doctor awards
On 30 November, CASC and HQIP teamed up to run the seventh annual junior doctor awards event at Devonshire Place in Leicester. The awards included keynote speakers from HQIP, NICE, BMJ Quality and NQICAN and brought the curtain down on the 2016 Clinical Audit Awareness Week. Over sixty clinical audit and quality improvement posters were showcased at the event with the winners in the key categories listed as: Drs Llewellyn and Barnes from Warrington Hospitals who were awarded the Martin Ferris Award for Clinical Audit for their audit of haemoglobin, Dr Zou at al from Nottingham University Hospitals were awarded Clinical Audit of the Year for their audit that improved patient sleep and Dr Javaid et al from Queens Hospital and King George Hospital won the Quality Improvement Project of the Year award for their work on end of life care. A full list of all winners is available here.
Time for the 7th Annual CASC clinical audit survey
Many of you who work in clinical audit and quality improvement will be aware that since 2010 we have conducted a short online survey to establish the current state of clinical audit. The survey looks at many different aspect of clinical audit: views on the quality of national audits, local funding arrangements, patient involvement, re-audit rates, use and rating of central resources, etc. To access the most recent report, click here. The survey take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. This year’s survey runs until midnight on 24 December and initial results will be shared during the first-half of January 2017. Please take part and encourage others to get involved. To access the survey, click here.
Tracy named as a Clinical Audit Hero!
CASC are thrilled that HQIP have bestowed the honour of Clinical Audit Hero on CASC Director, Tracy Ruthven. Tracy has worked in clinical audit and QI since 1994, starting out as a trainee clinical auditor in a hospital. She has subsequently worked in primary care and community teams while also running Leicestershire’s Interface Clinical Audit Group. She left the NHS in 1996 to set up CASC and has continued to share her knowledge with a wide range of teams. She is widely published and continues to show how clinical audit can make a real difference in healthcare. We understand that she received four nominations! At a wider level, HQIP’s Audit Hero campaign has proved a great success during Clinical Audit Awareness Week and you can read about Tracy and all the other heroes (including Dr. Javaid pictured with Tracy above) here.
New for #CAAW: taking clinical audit to the next level
As part of the October 2016 national clinical audit conference held in Birmingham, CASC were invited to review the current state of clinical audit and suggest how improvements could be made. The presentation was well received but only witnessed by approximately 60 delegates and therefore in order to spread our message we have created a 20-minute film. The film focuses on 1) the current position of clinical audit and 2) our seven recommendations on how we could significantly enhance clinical audit. The film is purely based on CASC’s personal viewpoint and experiences, but we feel passionately that the time has come to make some significant changes in direction. For example, the publicly funded national audit programme focuses almost exclusively on hospitals with the likes of care homes and prisons untouched by this initiative. This is not a sustainable and equitable approach to the delivery of national audit. To watch the film, click here.
Full report on NCAPOP funding survey
As featured in our last e-newsletter, during the Autumn months we conducted a short online survey to ascertain views from the clinical audit community in relation to the recent changes in funding for the National Clinical Audit Patients Outcome Programme. 66 respondents kindly completed the survey and the full report is now available and this includes all comments, as received. The headline results show a huge difference of opinion with 71% of Acute Trust respondents preferring the new [fixed-rate] payment, as opposed to 93% of Community and Mental Health Trust repsondents preferring the old [pro-rata] funding model. The report also highlights that many respondents were not made aware of the funding change. It is fair to say that in all the years CASC have conducted surveys, we have never received such passionate and direct comments. To download the report, click here.
Book now for FREE community and mental health day
CASC are delighted to announce that on 24 March 2017 we will be holding a free event for clinical audit professionals working in a community and/or mental health setting. The event will commence with a short presentation focusing on the current state of clinical audit. Thereafter, CASC will facilitate the day and we will focus on: current national clinical audit provision for Community and Mental Health Trusts, discussions on how clinical audit in this sector is resourced and supported, sharing best practice, etc. With so much current national focus on Acute Trusts the purpose of the day is to enable community and mental health staff the chance to share their experiences and network with like-minded people. The event is free but places are limited. You can book your place via this Eventbrite link.
New Twitter guide for clinical audit professionals
With the fairly recent demise of HQIP’s National Clinical Audit Forum and CASC’s discussion board on the Clinical Audit Tools website, it has become increasingly clear that those who want to discuss and talk about clinical audit are turning to Twitter. Indeed, there has been a significant increase in the use of Twitter by key clinical audit and QI bodies such as HQIP, NQICAN, NCA providers, etc. CASC find that many clinical audit professionals we meet are nervous of Twitter and reticent to use it, so we have created a comprehensive guide aimed at those with an interest in clinical audit. The guide is succinct and provides details of how to set up your Twitter account and use the resource effectively. We explain the key terminology and advise how to search for useful clinical audit information. To download the guide, click here.
Two new award winning junior doctor films online
As part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week we released two new short films from award winning junior doctors explaining how their projects improved patient care. Both films won prizes at the 2014 CASC and HQIP awards and they bring the total of short films undertaken and narrated by junior doctors on Clinical Audit TV up to a total of eight. Dr. Suleyman’s eight-minute film entitled “An Audit of Time to X-ray in Neck of Femur Fractures” compares practice against a College for Emergency Medicine clinical standard. In addition, the ten-minute film narrated by Dr. Saifuddin and Dr. Magee entitled “Chase CRP, Review Patient” focuses on how the quality of out-of-hours medical handover was improved. To watch the films, click here.
Our SEA work with Rainbows Hospice
As part Clinical Audit Awareness Week we released a number of free resources for the clinical audit and QI community. The first resource we shared was a poster focusing on how we have worked in partnership with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young Adults to embed significant event audit to help enhance patient safety. Rainbows are our chosen charity and they recently attained an outstanding CQC rating. To download the poster, click here. The photo (above) shows the brilliant Anne-Marie Murkett displaying the poster at the recent Patient First conference in London and we are proud to say that it generated a lot of interest. We are particularly keen to work with other hospices to show them how they can save time and benefit from using significant event audit for reviewing patient safety incidents. If this is of interest, please get in touch.
CASC article published in Nursing Times
We are delighted to announce that our joint article written with Claire Rashid and Rachel Bradley (from Leicestershire Partnership Trust) has been published in the Nursing Times. Entitled ‘Using clinical audit to reflect and revalidate’ the article focuses on the ways nurses can participate in clinical audit, how clinical audit can be used for reflection within revalidation and how nurses can reflect on conferences they attend. The article includes information in relation to specific Leicestershire Partnership Trust clinical audit events and the Trust’s established and ongoing relationship with CASC to allow nurses to study for and conduct local audits via the accredited distance-learning course. To read the article, click here.
News CASC course dates released
CASC are delighted to announce a series of accredited training courses that will be held in Leicester at the start of 2017. Advanced Clinical Audit will take place in Portsmouth on 18 November and in Leicester on 17 January with the Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course to be held in Leicester on 18 January. We are also offering our Root Cause Analysis one-day course in Leicester on 19 January. Discounts are available for multiple bookings. In addition, all of our courses can be delivered onsite, thus saving travel time and costs for staff. If you require any further details, please contact us.
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 208 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 short PDF information guide that provides you with more details in relation to the work we conduct. The PDF includes the following sections: introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The information guide provides a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals and teams to improve care and make it safer. The case studies showcase real-life examples of how our work has assured best practice and saved money. To access a copy of the information guide in PDF format, click here.
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.