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Junior Doctor competitions now open
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.
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.
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.
Quality assure your audits via CASC
With increasing pressure being placed on healthcare providers to prove that their clinical audits are methodologically sound and improve patient care, plus the expectation that doctors involved in ‘high quality clinical audit’ as part of their revalidation arrangements, CASC’s accredited distance learning course offers validation of in-house/local clinical audit projects. All learners on the course are assigned to an expert tutor to assist them in carrying out a clinical audit over 12 months and learners are eligible for two certificates (Planning a Clinical Audit and Conducting a Clinical Audit). All coursework is marked by CASC staff and moderated by the Open College Network thus ensuring that clinical audit projects meet a high standard. If you would like to know more about the course, please click here.
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 audit 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 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 145 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.