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CASC’s 2014 State of Clinical Audit Survey is now live
Since 2010 CASC have invited those with a remit for clinical audit to take part in our annual clinical audit survey. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback on a wide range of clinical audit matters and issues and to map progress over time. The survey is well established with over 100 respondents in every year to date providing their views on national clinical audits, resourcing for local audit, re-audit rates, patient involvement in audit, uptake and ratings for various clinical audit resources, etc. As with the 2013 survey CASC are using Survey Monkey and as always with any CASC survey the anonymity of respondents is assured. The survey takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here. Results of the survey will be published via the CASC website in January 2015.
CASC produce short film to support #hellomynameis campaign
Many of you will be aware of the inspirational #hellomynameis campaign led by Dr. Kate Granger. The campaign emerged as a result of Dr. Granger’s personal experiences of healthcare and her repeated observations that many healthcare professionals who she encountered did not introduce themselves to her. CASC are delighted to announce that as part of the junior doctor finals day in November we worked with Kate and her junior doctors colleagues to create a short film that highlights the need for healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients (something Kate describes as an ‘always event’). The film is accessible by clicking here and we both encourage and challenge all clinical audit and QI professionals to raise awareness of Kate’s campaign.
News from the Junior Doctors Awards Day
The Junior Doctors Clinical Audit and QI Awards finals event was held on 19th November in Leicester. The event now in its fifth year saw 100 junior doctors gather to share their clinical audit and quality improvement work. In the morning session the audience listened to a wide-range of presentations including Professor Danny Keenan (HQIP Medical Director), Dr Kate Granger founder of the inspirational #hellomynameis project, James Hilton (Art of Brilliance) and Sally Sutcliffe from NICE. The event run in partnership by both Clinical Audit Support Centre and Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership concluded with presentations by previous winners of the awards alongside a superb talk by Dick Moore. Before presentation of the awards Nikhil Arora and Professor Elizabeth Draper concluded the speeches for the day. Congratulations to all the finalists for their exceptional projects and posters. A full list of the winners can be found by clicking here.
Lots of highlights at the HQIP conference
HQIP’s annual conference was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre from 3-4 November with over 300 clinical audit, quality improvement and healthcare professionals in attendance. Highlights from the two-day event included the HQIP annual awards evening showcasing best practice in clinical audit across both local and national audit. Congratulations go to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust who claimed HQIP’s gold award for their project entitled ‘The introduction of helping hands and dining companions as a result of a national audit’ (pictured). The event also featured many keynote speakers plus 12 interactive workshops. Highlight of the event was undoubtedly Dr. Kate Granger’s speech detailing the impact of her #hellomynameis campaign. For all the news and feedback from the conference, visit www.hqip.org.uk
Clinical Audit Awareness Week proves a success
The second Clinical Audit Awareness Week took place from 20-24 October and proved to be a success with many local and national events highlighting the importance of clinical audit. As part of proceedings CASC created a fun clinical audit crossword (click here to download) and also ran a twitter treasure hunt won by Robin Sasaru. We also published a controversial blog from Acus Puncto – our experienced NHS professional working at the sharp-end of clinical audit! To read his contribution, click here HQIP facilitated nightly twitter chats and daily webinars and you listen again to thee by clicking here. Well done to all local and national audit and QI staff that took part in clinical audit awareness week.
State of clinical audit report now available
CASC would like to announce that the final version of our annual ‘State of clinical audit’ report is now available. Every December CASC conduct an online survey to find out current views on clinical audit and the results of the December 2013 survey are now available after interim results were first published in January. Over 140 respondents completed the survey and key findings include: a small rise (40%) in respondents feeling ‘more positive’ about clinical audit, 41% of respondents stating they don’t intend to have audit responsibilities in 5 years time (compared to 25% in 2010), little change in the overall views on the quality of national audits (45% rated NCAs as ‘moderate’), only 6% of respondents rating patient involvement in audit as ‘good’ (compared to 61% ‘poor) and a drop in those claiming they have ‘more resources available to support clinical audit’ compared to 12 months previously down from 17% in 2012 to 14% in 2013. To access the report, click here.
4th annual clinical audit jobs report published
Since 2009 CASC have produced over 140 fortnightly clinical audit job vacancy bulletins. Every July the CASC team review data and provide an updated report comparing year-on-year information. The latest short report is now available and will be of interest to anyone working in clinical audit or wider quality improvement. Key findings show that the number of vacancies reported in 2013-14 dropped slightly from 135 in 2012-13 to 132, although the proportion of permanent posts advertised increased in the same period from 61.5% to 74.2%. The report notes that the number of band 7+ clinical audit vacancies dropped by 60% in the last 12 months and of greatest concern is the collapse of audit jobs in the CCG sector: between 2009-11 the average number of audit jobs advertised in PCTs was 18 per year, but in the 16 months since CCGs were established in April 2013 only 4 clinical audit jobs have been advertised. To read the full report, click here.
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.
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 156 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.