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Fabulous response to CASC survey
We would like to thank all those who took the time and made the effort to contribute to our seventh annual clinical audit survey during December. A record total of 218 respondents completed the survey, a significant uplift on our previous record total of 182 achieved in 2010 and 2015. As in previous years the majority of respondents were from an acute setting with 57% describing themselves as a ‘clinical audit professional’. This year we extended the survey to include more questions on national clinical audit and we have had a great response in terms of ideas on how national audit could be improved. For those of you who are subscribed to our eNewsletter we have devoted almost the entire issue to the interim result. A full report will be published later in 2017. Click here for the PDF containing the headline results.
Accredited and cost effective RCA training
Don Berwick and Sir Robert Francis have rightly stated that patient safety must be the highest priority for all providers of healthcare. With this in mind, CASC have developed an accredited one-day Root Cause Analysis course that provides learners with the key skills they will need to review patient safety incidents. In addition, we also offer accredited training in Significant Event Audit, a team-based risk management process that often takes less time to conduct than a full scale RCA. Both courses can be delivered in-house for up to 20 learners at a time. If demand is sufficient, we also offer the RCA course in Leicester. For more details on either course, please contact the CASC team.
Book now for FREE community and mental health day
CASC are delighted to announce that on 24 March 2017 we will be holding a free event for clinical audit professionals working in a community and/or mental health setting. The event will commence with a short presentation focusing on the current state of clinical audit. Thereafter, CASC will facilitate the day and we will focus on: current national clinical audit provision for Community and Mental Health Trusts, discussions on how clinical audit in this sector is resourced and supported, sharing best practice, etc. With so much current national focus on Acute Trusts the purpose of the day is to enable community and mental health staff the chance to share their experiences and network with like-minded people. The event is free but places are limited. You can book your place via this Eventbrite link.
Winners announced at junior doctor awards
On 30 November, CASC and HQIP teamed up to run the seventh annual junior doctor awards event at Devonshire Place in Leicester. The awards included keynote speakers from HQIP, NICE, BMJ Quality and NQICAN and brought the curtain down on the 2016 Clinical Audit Awareness Week. Over sixty clinical audit and quality improvement posters were showcased at the event with the winners in the key categories listed as: Drs Llewellyn and Barnes from Warrington Hospitals who were awarded the Martin Ferris Award for Clinical Audit for their audit of haemoglobin, Dr Zou at al from Nottingham University Hospitals were awarded Clinical Audit of the Year for their audit that improved patient sleep and Dr Javaid et al from Queens Hospital and King George Hospital won the Quality Improvement Project of the Year award for their work on end of life care. A full list of all winners is available here.
Tracy named as a Clinical Audit Hero!
CASC are thrilled that HQIP have bestowed the honour of Clinical Audit Hero on CASC Director, Tracy Ruthven. Tracy has worked in clinical audit and QI since 1994, starting out as a trainee clinical auditor in a hospital. She has subsequently worked in primary care and community teams while also running Leicestershire’s Interface Clinical Audit Group. She left the NHS in 1996 to set up CASC and has continued to share her knowledge with a wide range of teams. She is widely published and continues to show how clinical audit can make a real difference in healthcare. We understand that she received four nominations! At a wider level, HQIP’s Audit Hero campaign has proved a great success during Clinical Audit Awareness Week and you can read about Tracy and all the other heroes (including Dr. Javaid pictured with Tracy above) here.
Taking clinical audit to the next level
As part of the October 2016 national clinical audit conference held in Birmingham, CASC were invited to review the current state of clinical audit and suggest how improvements could be made. The presentation was well received but only witnessed by approximately 60 delegates and therefore in order to spread our message we have created a 20-minute film. The film focuses on 1) the current position of clinical audit and 2) our seven recommendations on how we could significantly enhance clinical audit. The film is purely based on CASC’s personal viewpoint and experiences, but we feel passionately that the time has come to make some significant changes in direction. For example, the publicly funded national audit programme focuses almost exclusively on hospitals with the likes of care homes and prisons untouched by this initiative. This is not a sustainable and equitable approach to the delivery of national audit. To watch the film, click here.
Full report on NCAPOP funding survey
As featured in our last e-newsletter, during the Autumn months we conducted a short online survey to ascertain views from the clinical audit community in relation to the recent changes in funding for the National Clinical Audit Patients Outcome Programme. 66 respondents kindly completed the survey and the full report is now available and this includes all comments, as received. The headline results show a huge difference of opinion with 71% of Acute Trust respondents preferring the new [fixed-rate] payment, as opposed to 93% of Community and Mental Health Trust repsondents preferring the old [pro-rata] funding model. The report also highlights that many respondents were not made aware of the funding change. It is fair to say that in all the years CASC have conducted surveys, we have never received such passionate and direct comments. To download the report, click here.
New Twitter guide for clinical audit professionals
With the fairly recent demise of HQIP’s National Clinical Audit Forum and CASC’s discussion board on the Clinical Audit Tools website, it has become increasingly clear that those who want to discuss and talk about clinical audit are turning to Twitter. Indeed, there has been a significant increase in the use of Twitter by key clinical audit and QI bodies such as HQIP, NQICAN, NCA providers, etc. CASC find that many clinical audit professionals we meet are nervous of Twitter and reticent to use it, so we have created a comprehensive guide aimed at those with an interest in clinical audit. The guide is succinct and provides details of how to set up your Twitter account and use the resource effectively. We explain the key terminology and advise how to search for useful clinical audit information. To download the guide, click here.
CASC article published in Nursing Times
We are delighted to announce that our joint article written with Claire Rashid and Rachel Bradley (from Leicestershire Partnership Trust) has been published in the Nursing Times. Entitled ‘Using clinical audit to reflect and revalidate’ the article focuses on the ways nurses can participate in clinical audit, how clinical audit can be used for reflection within revalidation and how nurses can reflect on conferences they attend. The article includes information in relation to specific Leicestershire Partnership Trust clinical audit events and the Trust’s established and ongoing relationship with CASC to allow nurses to study for and conduct local audits via the accredited distance-learning course. To read the article, click here.
Issue 211 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 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!
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.