Welcome to the Clinical Audit Support Centre
New NCAPOP funding and CASC survey
Local clinical audit professionals have recently alerted us to important changes in relation to funding for the ongoing National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). On 30 August 2016, NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh wrote to Medical Directors and Finance Directors of all NHS Trusts. The letter details significant changes to the funding arrangements for 2016-17 and states ‘a standard charge of £10,000 + VAT per annum will be made to all NHS Trusts. The letter also provides details of how subscriptions will be managed and collected by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). To read the full letter, click here. The letter also makes reference to original funding arrangements as set out in Sir Bruce Keogh’s letter from 2012 and you can read this here. CASC have created a short online survey to gain feedback on these important changes and results will be featured via this website. To take part in the survey, click here.
6th State of Clinical Audit Report published
Every December CASC’s annual online survey aims to put a finger on the pulse of clinical audit to gauge the mood and identify key themes. The full report for the 2015 survey (our sixth) is now available and includes data from 182 respondents. Once again, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) was voted the ‘most effective’ national audit (by a huge margin) with the National Audit for Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis voted ‘least effective’ NCA. Overall views on NCAs remained similar to previous years with almost half (48.6%) rating NCAs as ‘moderate’. It was disappointing to note that there was a rise in respondents feeling more negative towards clinical audit (up from 17% in 2014 to 26% in 2015) and increase in those stating they had fewer resources to conduct clinical audit (up from 41% in 2014 to 50% in 2016). The report also features a new section of results focusing on the reinvigoration of clinical audit. To download the report, click here
Book now for accredited CASC courses
On 27th September we will be holding another of our ever-popular Advanced Clinical Audit courses followed on 28th September with our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course. Both will be held at Devonshire Place in Leicester and full details are available here. For those based in Scotland, we will be delivering Advanced Clinical Audit on 29th September in Glasgow. If you can’t access our clinical audit training workshops then please consider our distance-learning course that helps learners undertake a project relevant to the care they deliver. You can join this course at any point in the year and you receive tutor support for one-year to complete a two-cycle audit and write a report. In addition, we offer all clinical audit courses plus root cause analysis, significant event audit and quality improvement in a day as onsite training workshops. Please get in touch for more details.
Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report out now!
Since 2009 the Clinical Audit Support Centre have published a fortnightly clinical audit jobs bulletin to assist those looking for employment in clinical audit and quality improvement. As part of this work we record and assess all of the vacancies and produce an annual report to establish patterns and trends. This year’s report is now available and we are delighted to be able to announce positive news: more clinical audit vacancies reported in 2015/16 than ever before (n=234), more permanent vacancies (86.8%) advertised in 2015/16 than ever before and more Band 7 and Band 8 posts on offer in 2015/16 than ever before. The full report is available by clicking here. In addition to this report we also hope to produce a more detailed comparative study focusing on trends over the last seven years of data. Watch this space!
Do you require project support?
In addition to the accredited training courses offered by CASC, the team also has experience and expertise in providing a wide range of project support for NHS and healthcare teams in the short to long-term. Over the years CASC have helped clinical audit and quality improvement teams with many initiatives from developing designing training materials, developing clinical audit tools, assessing data and writing reports to conducting patient surveys and running in-house clinical audit and quality improvement events/conferences. We are also happy to conduct independent clinical audit and quality improvement projects and these are often viewed positively by the likes of the Care Quality Commission as they demonstrate an independent and external assessment of care. If you need any support to cover maternity leave or short-term vacancies in your team then please get in touch.
Taking clinical audit to the next level
Healthcare Conferences have kindly asked CASC to take part in their autumn conference entitled ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ taking place in Birmingham on 5th October. CASC’s 30-minute talk/workshop will look at the current state of clinical audit and will include a review entitled ‘Clinical Audit: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. We will also focus on identifying current weaknesses and gaps and finish with our five key ideas for reinvigorating clinical audit in 2016. The event also includes speakers from: HQIP, NQICAN and NAGCAE and full details are available, here.
CASC RCA guide is now available
In 2015, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) commissioned the CASC team to write a short guide focusing on how root cause analysis (RCA) techniques can be used to enhance clinical audit. The guide has been available on the HQIP website since the start of the year but we are delighted to announce that the resource can now also be accessed via the CASC website. The document includes sections on many established RCA techniques such as: cause and effect model (fishbone), five whys, process mapping, run charts, brainstorming, nominal group techniques, the Pareto Principle, timelines, etc. To download the resource, click here. In addition to the guide the CASC team deliver accredited training in RCA methodology. Please click here for more details.
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.
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!
Issue 203 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.