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Liftoff for our junior doctor competitions

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We are delighted to announce that junior doctors can now start to submit their abstracts for our eighth annual clinical audit and quality improvement awards. Full details of both competitions and documentation for prospective entrants are available here. Since launching our junior doctor awards in 2010 we have had over 1,000 entries and an array of brilliant projects. Posters from previous winners are available here and you can also find short films via our Clinical Audit TV portal. This year sees a fundamental change in the delivery, as after four years of support HQIP are unable to help co-fund the 2017 awards. With this in mind, we are keen to work with other agencies that may be interested in working in partnership to sustain this important initiative. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us and we encourage you to share this information with all juniors who want to showcase their hard work in clinical audit and quality improvement.

Read our guest blog for NQICAN

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On 24 March the CASC team invited 20 staff working in community and mental health settings to participate in our-first ever one-day Clinical Audit Summit. The event proved a huge success and we were subsequently asked to write a guest blog for the recently established NQICAN blog website. The blog is now live and this provides feedback on all the key discussions from the day: views on national clinical audit, views on the recent change to national audit funding, ideas for how delivery of local clinical audit can be improved, etc. The blog is honest and thought provoking and takes five minutes to read. To help stimulate debate and get key messages from the local level to national bodies, the NQICAN blog-site allows visitors to comment on blogs both in name or anonymously. Please take a moment to read our guest blog here and add your thoughts.

Cutting DNAs: CASC set up new initiative for GPs

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Recent publications suggest that between 10 million (General Practitioners Committee, 2017) and 14 million (GPonline) GP appointments are missed each year. To help combat this, CASC have produced a ‘Did Not Attend (DNA) Tracker’ that helps practices to measure their missed appointments each week, map this as a run chart and use recommended best practice to try and reduce the number of patients failing to attend. To take this a step further we have now set up a new initiative whereby we will be working with a small number of GP practices to try and help them to reduce their DNA levels. This work will commence in the next few months and there is no charge to participating practices. To find out more please contact us on info@clinicalauditsupport.com

CQC report includes section on clinical audit

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In March the Care Quality Commission published a new report entitled ‘The state of care in NHS acute hospitals’. The document provides invaluable feedback relating to inspections carried out between 2014 and June 2016 and includes specific sections relating to clinical audit. For example, page 26 of the report states ‘audits of whether guidelines are being followed are now widely undertaken. Where they are used effectively, they are an important tool for driving improvement in quality’. The report also praises several national clinical audits and states ‘services without an established national audit were often less able to demonstrate that they were achieving satisfactory outcomes for their patients’. In addition, the report identifies problem areas: audits not involving the multi-disciplinary team, poorly planned projects and a failure to re-audit. To read the full report, click here.

HQIP respond to YEARN report on national audits

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The Yorkshire Effectiveness and Audit Regional Network (YEARN) is one of 15 regional clinical audit networks and during 2015-16 their members collaborated to produce a report entitled ‘National Clinical Audit Feedback and Escalation Mechanisms’. The eight-page report here provides a network viewpoint on many aspects of national clinical audit from the perspective of local clinical audit professionals. Sections that will be of interest to the wider clinical audit community include a checklist detailing a minimum set of NCA characteristics that includes: explicit criteria and standards, robust methodology, a fit for purpose data collection tool, etc. The report also highlights that NCAs should not: change their data collection set or commence before all elements have been fully piloted. The report provides a logical overview of how NCAs need to improve and points raised by YEARN are shared by the Clinical Audit Support Centre. HQIP have provided a written response to the YEARN report and you can access this here.

Issue 217 of audit jobs bulletin now available

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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

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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!

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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.

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