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Junior doctor audit awards are open

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In 2010 CASC set up our annual junior doctor clinical audit awards and these have proved to be a huge success. So much so, that we extended the awards to include Quality Improvement Projects (i.e. projects that do not measure against standards). Over the last 8 years we have had over 1,000 entries and some fantastic examples of audits and QI projects that have made a difference. Previous winners have been shortlisted for HSJ Awards, had their work published in academic journals and gone on to work for NHS Improvement! The format for 2018 is much the same as in previous years and we invite entries for the two categories: clinical audit projects and quality improvement projects. All entries must reach us by 3 September 2018 and we will shortlist finalists in the subsequent 2 weeks. You can see the posters created by all previous winners via the CASC website and we encourage you to pass this information onto any juniors that you work with. To find out more and to access the entry forms for 2018, please click here.

CASC Conference and competition update

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We are disappointed to announce that we have taken the decision to postpone the clinical audit conference and awards that we planned to hold in Leicester on 26 June. Unfortunately, we have not been able to gain commitment from a number of key bodies to deliver keynote presentations at the event and we are aware the 26 June is now fast approaching. After an initial slow response to our clinical audit awards (that were to form part of the event on 26 June) the decision to extend the deadline for submissions to the end of April proved a good one and we received a respectable number of entries. We passionately believe that there is a need and demand for this event in the near future. With this in mind we have taken the decision to postpone the conference and awards until November and at this stage we are considering holding the re-arranged event in the build-up to, or part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week that this year takes place from 19-23 November. We thank all those who have submitted entries for the awards and will provide further updates in due course.

HQIP contract and RCP NCA guide

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On 19 April, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) announced that they have been re-commissioned by NHS England to deliver the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme (NCAPOP) for a further three years. HQIP were originally awarded the earlier versions of this contract in 2008 and 2013. We understand that in terms of contract delivery, HQIP will focus mainly on the 40 national audits that make-up the NCAPOP but that they also plan to continue to provide limited support to local audit. The exact detail (work specification, monetary value, etc.) within the NHS England contract is yet to be released, but you can find out more, here. We congratulate HQIP on their continued success. In addition, we would encourage those working in clinical audit to take a look at Unlocking the potential: supporting doctors to use national audit to drive improvement. This is a publication by the Royal College of Physicians and was commissioned by HQIP. Click here, to access the document.

CAAW dates released

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have announced that the 6th annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW18) will take place from Monday 19 November to Friday 23 November. As ever, the main purpose of the week is to showcase the value and benefit of both local and national clinical audit. We understand that HQIP will once again be asking for Clinical Audit Hero nominations and that this year the focus is very much on highlighting and showcasing the impact of clinical audit. As ever, CASC will be providing a wide range of materials and resources to assist in the promotion and delivery of CAAW. We will be updating our popular quizzes and placards from last year and we will be running a ‘clinical audit re-branding’ competition to generate innovative ways of promoting audit. It is likely that we will also announce the winners of our annual junior doctor competitions as part of #CAAW. We look forward to working with HQIP, NQICAN, the regional networks, national audit providers and other key stakeholders to make this the best CAAW yet. For more details, click here.

Join one of our accredited courses

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Since 2006 CASC have offered a range of high quality accredited courses for healthcare professionals. Whether you are looking for training in clinical audit, wider quality improvement techniques or patient safety then we will be able to help you. Experienced trainers facilitate all of our courses and we offer training in a wide-range of options, for example: central training in London and Leicester, in-house training, distance-learning courses, etc. Our aim is to make training relevant, practical, relaxed and fun. Overall, 99% of learners recommend our courses so please contact if you would like to know more. We are happy to build bespoke courses to meet the precise needs of your delegates. Click here to see our courses.

Lots of materials for primary care

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Over the summer we have been working hard to create lots of useful resources for our friends working in general practice. For example, we have reviewed many CQC reports to create a four-page guide focusing on best practice in significant event audit, click here. We are also aware that many practices have problems with high DNA rates and so we have created a DNA Excel Tracker to help practices. Click here to download this. We offer accredited training for practice staff in clinical audit, SEA and QI techniques and these courses can assist GPs and practice nurses meeting their revalidation and appraisal requirements. In addition, we can offer expert guidance in how to conduct audits using SNOWMED. We are also working on materials in relation to PPGs and have created initial advice, click here.

Issue 268 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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