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Congratulations to our junior doctor winners
On 18th November, over 90 delegates and junior doctors attended our annual clinical audit and quality improvement awards day. The competition is a joint undertaking between CASC and HQIP and is now in its sixth year. Delegates were treated to a range of presentations from the likes of Dr. Ashley McKimm (Head of Innovation and Improvement, BMJ Learning) and Dick Moore (who recently delivered his first TED talk). Over 60 posters were showcased at the event and once again the standard of posters was exceptional. A total of eight awards were handed out and we would like to congratulate all winners (pictured). To see further details of the winners, click here. There will be a number of outputs from the event, including several case studies and enhanced podcasts. Details of the 2016 competition will be available next May.
Summary of Clinical Audit Awareness Week
The third annual clinical audit awareness week (CAAW) took place from 9-13 November, with a variety of events taking place across the clinical audit and quality improvement community. CASC supported CAAW in many ways: delivering a training session in London on 10th November and presenting change pyramids as an alternative to action plans at the East Midlands conference on 11th November (pictured). CASC also delivered a twitter-thon on 13th November and we contributed over 30% of #CAAW tweets. Sadly no one managed to crack our twitter treasure hunt but congratulations to Jen Knight who solved the crossword. We also supplied two new podcasts: one from our blogger plus an in-depth review of the recent clinical audit conference in Birmingham on 7th October. To find out more about CAAW, search #CAAW on Twitter.
June NAGCAE minutes identify threat to NCAPOP
The June NAGCAE meeting minutes have recently been published and include a number of important updates for those working in clinical audit and QI. Anyone involved in national audits should take a close look at Section 2.2. The minutes state the following: ‘HQIP was still experiencing long delays obtaining NCA data which was having a detrimental effect on the national programme and HQIP’s work. This is resulting in delayed audit reports. Information governance is becoming increasingly complex and threatens the delivery of NCAs’. Section 2.2 identifies that HQIP are looking to engage an information governance expert to support their work and that responsibility to resolving matters lies with the Data Services Panel. To read the NAGCAE minutes, click here.
High praise for CASC’s recent SEA training
CASC are delighted to report that a series of significant event audit (SEA) training workshops commissioned by NHS England have received excellent feedback. The workshops have been primarily aimed at general practice staff expected to use SEA to enhance patient safety and share key learning points. The workshops mix theory, practical tasks and best practice case studies to help practices deliver significant event audit that both meets CQC expectations and also enables GPs to show competence to appraisers and help meet revalidation requirements. Feedback from attendees has been positive with many comments similar to ‘this has really made me think about how we carry out significant event audit’ and ‘chance to review our processes and identify changes we will adopt’. CASC believe SEA could often be used as an alternative to the more lengthy root cause analysis so contact us if you would like to know more about our accredited SEA courses.
CASC Jobs report: significant rise in vacancies
As you may be aware, since July 2009 CASC have published a regular clinical audit job vacancy bulletin. In the corresponding 72 months since this was launched, 170 bulletins have been released listing over 800 vacancies. Every year the CASC team review the data and produce an annual report. Figures for 2014/15 show a significant rise in advertised clinical audit vacancies up from a low of 92 in 2011/12 to a record high of 189 in the last twelve months. Data indicates that the number of temporary vacancies has dropped sharply from a high of 37% in 2012/13 to 18% in 2014/15. The report also identifies that unlike Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups do not appear to be recruiting clinical audit staff. To read the full report, 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 182 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.