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CASC workshop on reinvigoration of clinical audit
As part of Healthcare Conferences UK (HCUK) annual Clinical Audit for Improvement conference CASC have been invited to deliver a 90 minute workshop entitled ‘Clinical Audit in 2016: have we met Liam’s reinvigoration challenge’. This will be a practical and interactive workshop focusing on research to assess if clinical audit has been reinvigorated since 2006 as Sir Donaldson (pictured) advocated. The event also features keynote talks from NHS England, NQICAN members, HQIP, NAGCAE and the Care Quality Commission. HCUK are offering a discounted rate to clinical audit professionals and full details are available by clicking here.
CASC RCA for Clinical Audit guide imminent
As part of an innovative initiative set up by HQIP, in September 2014 CASC won the tender to deliver a series of workshops focusing on how root cause analysis methods could be used to enhance the impact of clinical audit. This led to a series of workshops sponsored by HQIP and delivered by CASC that took place around the country between November 2014 and January 2015. The final part of this initiative has been the creation of a user-friendly guide to supplement the training and we are delighted to be able to announce that HQIP have assured us the publication is now imminent. The guide explains how techniques such as brainstorming, five whys, process mapping, run charts, cause and effect models, etc. can be used to add value to clinical audit projects. Watch the HQIP and CASC website for more details in coming weeks!
Closure of Clinical Audit Tools planned
Many of you will be aware that in 2012 CASC launched the Clinical Audit Tools website to help support clinicians undertaking audit projects. The resource has been well received and tools such as ‘Is it a Clinical Audit’ and the ready reckoner proved particularly popular. However, the discussion boards have received very little support and with this in mind we have determined that the Clinical Audit Tools website will be closed in the first-half of 2016 with key resources moved to the CASC business website. Therefore, if there are any resources that you would like to access on the Clinical Audit Tools website then we advise that you access these before Easter. A formal announcement of when the Clinical Audit Tools website will be closed will be made via the CASC newsletter and website.
HQIP publish Quality Accounts 2016/17 list
On 12 January 2016 HQIP launched the Quality Accounts list for 2016/17. This is backed by updated guidance and the new National Clinical Audit Directory, described by HQIP as ‘a comprehensive and dynamic resource designed to provide all the crucial information for every NCA and national enquiry’. The Directory contains links to latest reports by financial year, updated contact information, data collection period details, etc. The one-page tool is designed to be user-friendly and replaces the previous Quality Accounts Resource. The 2016/17 list contains 51 programmes. For more details, click here.
Interim results for CASC’s 6th annual survey
182 respondents completed CASC’s sixth annual clinical audit survey in December (a significant increase on the 101 respondents in 2014). CASC would like to thank all those who took the time and effort to complete the survey. For the sixth consecutive year respondents to voted the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) as the ‘most effective’ national audit. Other highlights included: 84% stated ‘local’ audit is most effective at improving patient care (compared to 16% ‘national’), 71% rated patient involvement in clinical audit as ‘poor’ (up from 67% in 2014) and 36% stated that they felt ‘more positive’ about clinical audit compared to 46% in 2014. Worryingly only 12% of respondents stated they had ‘more resources’ to conduct clinical audit in their organisation compared to 50% who answered they had ‘less resources’. To read the full set of interim results, click here.
CASC Director features in PPI case study
CASC are delighted to announce that the voluntary work conducted by Director, Stephen Ashmore at Merridale Medical Centre has been published by HQIP as a best practice case study for involving patents. Stephen has chaired the Patient Participation Group (PPG) since 2014 and has helped the PPG to significantly strengthen governance arrangements for the group in that time. The terms of reference have been revised, new roles and responsibilities have been created and all members must sign a confidentiality agreement. In addition, the PPG expanded their membership to be more representative of the practice population and Stephen has helped the practice use clinical audit and in particular run charts to measure and better understand care delivered to patients. To access the case study, click here.
Watch three new audit case studies
In addition to the accredited training CASC deliver and the many resources we offer to support clinical audit and QI, we always strive to develop materials that help bring clinical audit and QI to life. With this in mind, we have recently added three new enhanced podcasts to the Clinical Audit TV section of our website. The podcasts feature the award winning junior doctor clinical audits from our 2012 competition. Junior doctors involved in each audit project and responsible for creating the winning poster narrate each podcast and topics include: falls, referrals to the audiology department and nighttime emergencies. Each podcast is approximately ten minutes in length and we hope you agree they serve as excellent case studies for showcasing the impact of audit. To watch the podcasts, click here.
Follow CASC on Twitter
CASC signed up to Twitter in 2009 and after an initial slow start we now regularly tweet out messages on clinical audit and quality improvement. Thus far we have written over 2000 tweets and uploaded over 150 photos and images. We use Twitter to feedback national news and CASC initiatives and you can locate us best by searching for @cascleicester. As a business we choose not to try and inflate our followers by following lots of other twitter users and we are pleased to see that many clinical audit and quality improvement professionals now regularly use twitter. We also try to engage in important online debates and we are members and subscribers of the ‘Clinical Audit’ public list recently created by Sam McIntyre. If you use twitter, please get in touch via social media!
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 187 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.
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.