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CASC’s ‘State of Clinical Audit’ report updated

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In December 2010, the Clinical Audit Support Centre, in conjunction with SNAP surveys, conducted a survey of those with an interest in clinical audit. A total of 182 respondents completed the anonymous survey, 67% of who classified themselves as ‘clinical audit professionals’. The results of the survey provide a fantastic barometer of the state of clinical audit at the end of 2010 and data includes views on national clinical audit, the re-invigoration agenda, re-audit data and clinical audit resourcing. We would also like to make you aware that the document has recently been updated to include concluding remarks from the Clinical Audit Support Centre. Click here to read the report.

Winning posters from Junior Doctor competition now online

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We are delighted to announce that following the great success of our second annual Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year competition, the two winning posters can now be viewed online. Over 100 initial entries were received and finalists were invited to display their posters at the conference in Leicester on 17th November 2011. Two awards were made this year – one selected by audit expert Martin Ferris and one voted for by delegates at the conference. The winners of the ‘Martin Ferris Award’ were Drs Lees, Harrison and Reed (pictured) from Northumbria Healthcare Trust. Clear winners of the ‘Junior Doctor Audit of the Year’ competition were Drs Maughan, Eyre, Hanna, Fawcett and Reckless from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for their ‘An Apple a Day keeps a VTE at bay’ poster. To see the winning posters, please click here.

Subscription funding arrangements announced

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After months of speculation, the Department of Health has finally released details of plans to make nine NCAPOP audits subscription-based. Details of the new arrangements are outlined in a letter sent to all Trusts by Sir Bruce Keogh. For information, Sir Bruce has been appointed as the Medical Director for the NHS Commissioning Board and his responsibilities will include clinical audit. The letter outlines how changes in funding will be introduced from April 2012 and Trusts will pay up to a maximum of £23,500 per year. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership will collect the annual subscriptions from NHS providers during the second quarter and HQIP will provide further guidance about the process in due course. Full details of the new arrangements and the letter from Sir Bruce are available via the HQIP website. Click here for more details. There is also an active discussion on the subject of subscription funding for NCA’s on the National Clinical Audit Forum.

CATT resource now available via HQIP website

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We are delighted to announce that CASC’s Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit is now available via the HQIP website. The resource has been developed by Stephen and Tracy and features a range of training materials that will help local clinical audit staff deliver interesting and interactive training sessions. The materials have been extensively tested by the CASC team and following an approach to HQIP earlier this year, Kate Godfrey agreed to commission the resource from CASC and make it freely available to the wider clinical audit community. The resource includes card sort activities, quizzes and our Florence Nightingale video. If you would like to gain a teaching qualification and formal training in how to use the resources, please request details of our popular Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course via info@clinicalauditsupport.com. To access the Teaching Toolkit and download the training guide and resources, click here.

HQIP announce a raft of new NCAPOP audits

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HQIP is pleased to announce that eleven new topics for National Clinical Audit (NCA) are to join the 29 already forming the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). New audits include: Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Ophthalmology and COPD. A total of 39 proposals for new NCA’s were evaluated by NCAAG against explicit criteria and the HQIP news release states that these were of ‘unprecedented quality’. To view the 39 proposals in more detail, click here. The eleven new NCA’s will be phased in during 2011-13, bringing the total NCAPOP audits to 40. For information and to help stimulate debate on this matter, CASC Director, Stephen Ashmore, has started a discussion looking at this in more detail on the National Clinical Audit Forum. This has already sparked widespread debate among local clinical audit professionals. To join the debate you need to be an NCAF member – click here.

HQIP CEO reports in relation to the Francis inquiry

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Those with an interest in clinical audit and wider management of healthcare should take the opportunity to read a detailed paper written by Robin Burgess that has been submitted at the request of the Francis inquiry. The paper looks at ‘How can information be better used in the NHS’. There are a number of interesting statements, including ‘HQIP believes that clinicians in all disciplines, working with patients, should take the lead in collecting data that is relevant to the care that they provide’. It will be fascinating to see how clinicians respond to this viewpoint given that current arrangements for clinical audit work within revalidation plans state that clinicians do not have to collect their clinical audit data. Further, Burgess states that ‘the [audit] cycle is not complete until a change programme has been put in place and over time has shown continuing improvement’. However, given that CASC studies have shown that Trusts typically report a re-audit rate of under 40% it is clear that much more attention needs to be paid to ensuring that clinical audit extends beyond just data collection and the reporting of results. Click here to read the 7-page paper.

HQIP CEO announces ‘a new era’!

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In his latest online blog entitled ‘Revitalising clinical audit and QI’, HQIP Chief Executive, Robin Burgess ta lks of ‘a step change’ that may ‘mark out a new era’. The CEO’s blog from 4th November is simply an essential read for anyone working in clinical audit and details HQIP’s plans to conduct a consultation on what audits should be included in Quality Accounts and plans to consult on common principles for National Audits. Mr Burgess also reveals plans to invite wider participation though the National Clinical Audit Forum and talks of HQIP being involved in the ‘bigger world of quality improvement’ beyond their contracted business of clinical audit. To read his blog, click here.

Four years in, HQIP announce their new 4 point plan

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HQIP have recently announced a series of new initiatives aimed at revitalising clinical audit. The central plank of their new raft of announcements is clearly the strategy for improving the national clinical audit programme. The new strategy comes at a time when NCA’s have been receiving a very mixed response from the clinical audit community. HQIP announced at the start of November, that with support from the Department of Health there will be a rolling programme of improvements of aspects of the national audit programme. Key elements of the new strategy include: more transparency, reviewing the quality of existing audits and a new feedback system for national audits. To read full details of HQIP’s plans to improve their national audit programme, click here.

HQIP Annual Review 2010-11 is now available

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Those interested in the work and future plans of HQIP will be keen to read their latest Annual Review entitled ‘Consolidation and Expansion’. The readable eight-page document gives a great insight into HQIP’s work programme and outlines how they have supported local and national audit. The review includes a section entitled ‘what we have excelled at’ and there is a funding summary that provides full details of HQIP’s £12.7 million annual income received up to March 2011. The review states that ‘feedback suggests a rise in the quality of national clinical audits funded and supported by HQIP’ and the ‘in the future’ section outlines HQIP’s plans for 2011-12. Click here to read HQIP’s Annual Review.

CASC celebrate 5 years in business

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Members and friends of the Clinical Audit Support Centre assembled at Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough on 18th October 2011 to celebrate five years since the business was established in 2006. The day kicked off with a short presentation from Tracy and Stephen reflecting on the work of the centre and was followed by Alison Cooke (Director of Care at the Rainbows) providing an account of the work of the children’s hospice. In the afternoon, attendees were treated to an interactive workshop led by Andy Whittaker (a member of the Art of Brilliance team). CASC would like to thank all of those who attended, especially a number of colleagues who traveled from Torbay, Manchester and London. We would also like to thank the wider clinical audit community for their support since 2006. It has been a privilege working with you and we will try our best to fight the corner of local audit staff as much as we can in these difficult times!

‘My best ever clinical audit’ initiative launched

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CASC are delighted to announce details of their new ‘my best ever clinical audit’ initiative. CASC have always believed that it is vital to showcase examples of good clinical audit projects that will serve to inspire others to participate. The ‘junior doctor audit’ section of our website is a prime example of this as it showcases examples of clinical audit projects that have been undertaken by junior doctors. Our ‘my best ever clinical audit’ will invite clinical audit leaders from the likes of the Department of Health, HQIP, NCAAG, NAGG, etc to provide examples of great clinical audits that they have taken part in and we are also looking for inspiring audits from across the healthcare sector. Anyone can take part and we plan to publish a free online resource book featuring great audits that we have collected in 2012. To find out more about this initiative and how to get involved, please click here. To download the entry template, please click here.

Other views from the HQIP conference

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We are aware that many clinical audit professionals were unable to attend the HQIP conference owing to inevitable restrictions on numbers. Overall, we found the event useful in terms of networking and speaking to local clinical audit professionals. For those of you who were not able to attend, the key discussion points from the event were the HQIP awards (click here to see the posters from the finalists) and the current state of and future plans for national clinical audits (NCA’s). The final plenary session of the conference looked at whether there is value in setting up a professional body for quality improvement professionals, but it was disappointing to see that many delegates did not stay for this. Perhaps the key message from the event came from Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) who on Day 1 promised to ‘jetison’ NCA’s that do not improve patient care, don’t offer good value for money to the taxpayer and/or don’t deliver in terms of methodology. Sir Bruce also stated that ‘local and national audit are fundamental to quality improvement’. We look forward to the published results of the conference evaluation from HQIP in due course. Speaker presentations from the event are currently available via the HQIP website.

CEO’s key messages from the HQIP conference

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CASC were delighted to be able to attend and run a number of training workshops at HQIP’s recent annual conference that took place in Manchester from 10-11 October. The event was chaired by HQIP CEO Robin Burgess (pictured above) and his key messages included: ‘I am aware of the burden of national clinical audits’, ‘unless audit is successful and driving improvement it will wither’, ‘improving local clinical audit is to the fore’, ‘the national budget for clinical audit has increased’, ‘clinical audit is a mechanism for identifying savings in practice’ and ‘clinical audit is more important than ever’. Those who were unable to attend the event can access more thoughts from Mr Burgess via his online blog, click here.

New issue of Clinical Audit Today available

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The latest edition of CASC’s online journal Clinical Audit Today is now available. The current publication is the eighth issue of the journal and focuses exclusively on junior doctor clinical audit. The journal includes further details of the three winning audits from the 2010 competition, plus ‘A Clinical Audit Manager’s Eye View’ by Karen Powell and a thought-provoking article by Drs Stanton and Baksi. To view the latest journal, click here. In addition, we plan to publish the next journal in September 2011. If you would like to submit articles for the journal or updates for our signposting page, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Teaching Toolkit available soon

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are in the process of putting the final touches to our Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit (CATT). The CATT incorporates ten interactive teaching activities and will be made available via the HQIP website in due course. Use of the CATT will also be demonstrated by the CASC Directors at HQIP’s annual conference in Manchester on 11th October. The aim of the resource is to help local clinical audit facilitators make clinical audit training fully interactive and inspiring for attendees.

All change at the Department of Health!

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to report that David Gilbert, Clinical Strategies and Clinical Audit Branch at the Department of Health recently retired from his post. Gilbert held responsibility for clinical audit within the Department of Health. CASC understand that Department of Health are currently reviewing arrangements for clinical audit and that it is possible that responsibility will in time be held by the NHS Commissioning Board in Leeds. We have also requested an update from DH on their plans to make a number of National Clinical Audit’s subscription-based. Sadly we can offer no further updates other than to confirm that DH intend to write out to organisations with their plans as soon as these have been finalised.

Recent news from HQIP

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The last few months have seen a flurry of activity at HQIP. The charity recently launched a number of new products including the much-anticipated Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). We understand that over 300 users have already signed up for CAKE (pictured) and more details can be found via the HQIP website. HQIP have also published a number of reports relating to national audits and the list of NCAs for Quality Accounts in 2011-12 has been released. HQIP have also published proposed standards for education in clinical audit and audit professionals have until 2nd September to feedback their comments. We also note that HQIP are recruiting for a Communications Officer for the National Joint Registry and that this is a full-time position until March 2013. HQIP continue to push ahead at an international level with Robin Burgess and Andrew Corbett-Nolan recently presenting at the ESQH/ISQua conference in Krakow on ‘Clinical Audit as a central plank in national programmes to improve quality: potential for development of audit across Europe’.

Prospect of NCA’s by subscription looms

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Following presentations at the Clinical Audit and Improvement conference in February, we are now in a position to provide a short update on the prospect of several NCAPOP NCA’s becoming subscription-based. Although we understand that a formal decision has not been made, it appears increasingly likely that up to 9 NCAPOP NCA’s will become subscription-based (i.e. Trusts will have to pay directly to participate) during the 2011-12 financial year. Clearly NCA’s by subscription are not a new phenomenon, e.g. UKTARN. However, we share the concerns of local audit staff who have contacted us worried that a move to fee-paid NCA’s may impact on local clinical audit resources. We will provide updates on this matter as soon as we have any further information.

HQIP launch PARCAR and CAKE!

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HQIP have recently launched two new electronic products. ‘Participation and Case Ascertainment Rates Tool’ aka PARCAR is an online facility that provides aggregated participation data from the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme. PARCAR is designed to be a simple-to-use system that allows users to access excel spreadsheets and obtain valuable data relevant to local organisations. PARCAR will assist Trusts in reporting NCA activity for Quality Accounts and other initiatives. In addition, the highly anticipated Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) product was launched at the end of June. HQIP describe this as a ‘groundbreaking benchmarking platform’ and full details of this and PARCAR are available via their website.

Stephen and Tracy return to Keele University!

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The Directors of the Clinical Audit Support Centre returned to their university days on 16th June by tutoring on the post-graduate Clinical Audit certificate course at Keele University. Stephen and Tracy both studied for their first degrees at Keele University in the early 1990’s and lived opposite each other in Barnes Hall from 1992-3. However, it was not until 1997 that they met for the first time at Leicestershire Primary Care Audit Group. We would like to thank course leader and NCAAG member, Dr Katherine Birch, for inviting us to teach on what is clearly an excellent course.

CASC draft report shows 38% drop in audit jobs

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre first published their online clinical audit jobs bulletin in June 2009. We are in the process of reviewing data from all 50 bulletins published to date and we will have two years worth of data at the start of July 2011. Initial draft findings focusing on the 11 like-for-like months from July to May shows that in 2010-11 the number of clinical audit job vacancies advertised on NHS jobs website fell to 105 (from 169 in 2009-10). In addition, the proportion of fixed term positions increased from 18% in 2009-10 to over 37% in 2010-11. We will make further details available in the summer but given the push to reinvigorate local clinical audit these findings make disturbing reading and provide evidence that resources for clinical audit are being eroded.

Cabinet Office announce plans to release clinical audit data

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As part of the Government’s continuing commitment to provide greater data transparency with regard to public services the Prime Minister announced on 7th July 2011 that he is committed to publishing key data on the National Health Service, schools, criminal courts and transport. The announcement made it clear that clinical audit data, detailing the performance of publicly funded clinical teams in treating key healthcare conditions, will be published from April 2012. This service will be piloted in December 2011 using data from the latest National Lung Cancer Audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). Further details can be found by clicking here.

NICE call on audit staff to have their say

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently conducting an online survey. The purpose of the survey is to invite clinical audit staff to feedback their views on existing NICE tools and to ascertain what further support is required from NICE. The survey incorporates just 11 questions that ask respondents for a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. According to NICE the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and further details can be obtained by clicking here. For information, the survey closes on 13th June.

Call for clinical audit abstracts

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Healthcare Events have recently announced details of their 12th annual clinical audit conference. The event will take place at the King’s Fund in London from 7th and 8th February 2012 and is entitled ‘Clinical Audit and Improvement’. As part of the build-up to the conference, Healthcare Events are looking for abstracts to be delivered as either oral presentations or posters at the conference. The deadline for submissions is 20th June 2011 and details of how to submit your abstract can be accessed by clicking here.

CASC announce imminent launch of CA Teaching Toolkit

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The CASC team chose the recent Clinical Audit and Improvement conference to reveal details of the forthcoming release of their new Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit (CATT). The toolkit is full of tried and tested interactive-teaching materials that clinical audit professionals will be able to use in order to enhance local clinical audit training sessions. The CATT includes quizzes, card-sorts, videos, etc that make clinical audit training interesting and fun for learners. The costs of the toolkit is £50 for those who have previously taken part in our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course and £100 for those wishing to buy separately. More details of the toolkit will be available very soon.

Annual clinical audit programme now available

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Virginia Fieldsend (Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Facilitator) at NHS Sheffield has kindly informed us that their latest Annual Clinical Audit Priority Programme for 2011/12 is now available. Sheffield’s priority programme has proved popular with clinical audit professionals in pervious years as it helps Trusts to map out their clinical audit priorities. The 2011/12 programme is highly comprehensive and further details can be obtained by contacting Virginia directly via vfieldsend@nhs.net.

NHS Evidence is changing

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre have been informed that on 10th May 2011, NHS Evidence - the online service for health and social care professionals - is changing. The presentation of information will be reconfigured to help users easily access evidence-based information on best practice, care pathways and information for patients. Users will also be able to gain direct access to the BNF and resources collated by the National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM), the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) and products developed by the National Prescribing Centre (NPC). Changes to NHS Evidence will be launched at the forthcoming NICE conference at the ICC.

GMC produce key new guidance on revalidation

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The GMC have recently updated their revalidation guidance. The update may disappoint many clinical audit professionals as the new guidance suggests that doctors can choose to participate in either clinical audit, review of clinical outcomes, case review, monitor the effectiveness of a teaching programme or evaluate the impact of a piece of health policy in order to provide evidence of participation in a quality improvement activity. Therefore this suggests that some doctors will be able to choose not to participate in clinical audit work in order to show evidence of their fitness to practice – which is a considerable shift from previous revalidation guidance that stated doctors would have to show evidence of active involvement in clinical audit work. The good news for clinical audit advocates is that the new guidance does encourage doctors to demonstrate that they reflect on the care they deliver, with particular focus on outcomes. To access the guidance, click here.

Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year 2011 competition details released

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After the unprecedented success of CASC’s first-ever ‘junior doctor of the year’ competition in 2010, CASC would like to inform readers of the E-News that we are now taking entries for the 2011 competition. Last year’s event led to over 120 entries and it is likely that this figure will be surpassed in 2011. The competition is open to all junior doctors who have undertaken a clinical audit project in the last three years and finalists will be invited to showcase their work at CASC’s national audit conference in Leicester this October. There are three prizes on offer for entrants and the winners will be invited to write their work up in the Clinical Audit Today e-journal. Winners will also receive a range of other prizes! Those wishing to participate in the competition can obtain further details, including the electronic entry form, by clicking here. All entries must be received by 31st July 2011.

Key personnel changes announced at a national level

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CASC would like to make clinical audit professionals aware of a number of key personnel changes that have taken place recently. Martin Ferris (NCAAG and NAGG member) retired from NHS Sheffield at the end of March 2011. Dr Katherine Birch (Head of Clinical Audit at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust) has replaced Martin on NCAAG. In further NCAAG changes, both Boo Armstrong and Dr Sarah Schofield have left the group with Dr Stephen Berg joining NCAAG. Meanwhile, Julie Bone’s brief tenure as NAGG Chair has come to an end. Julie has been replaced by Colin Bryant (Clinical Audit Manager at East of England Ambulance Service).

CASC move into the BBC!

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We are delighted to announce that on 1st March 2011, the Clinical Audit Support Centre moved into offices at the Blaby Business Centre (BBC). The move has occurred following the decision by our former landlord at Alpha House in South Wigston to re-develop our former offices. Please be aware that our contact details have also altered and our new telephone number is (0116) 264 3411. Our new fax number is (0116) 278 7679. The new phone number will be manned weekdays from 9am to 5pm. If you wish to contact us via email please use the established contact email address info@clinicalauditsupport.com We will be releasing our new fax number as soon as we have this.

Latest news on medical revalidation

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We all know that medical revalidation has been in the pipeline for many years now and it will potentially have huge implications for clinical audit teams if the doctors are expected to participate in regular clinical audit activity in order to maintain their license to practise. With much current speculation with regard to revalidation, Lucy Warner (pictured) has kindly provided a detailed update on the current situation from the perspective of the NHS Revalidation Support Team. The document will be of interest to all clinical audit professionals and can be downloaded by clicking here.

New edition of Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit available on pre-order

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that the new version of Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit (first published in 2002) is now available for pre-order. The CASC team have been heavily involved in developing the updated publication and we have contributed four chapters that focus on clinical audit methodology. HQIP CEO, Robin Burgess, has edited the document and there are also contributions from Nancy Dixon (Healthcare Quality Quest), Christopher Loughlan (Cambridge Institute of Research) and John Bullivant (Good Governance Institute). The book is 214 pages and you can find out more and pre-order your copy from Amazon by clicking here. The book is due to be released on 20th January 2011 and costs £29.99.

Latest issue of e-Journal available

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The latest issue (number 7) of our e-journal, Clinical Audit Today is now available. The journal is in its third year and always features updates on national audit bodies such as NCAAG, HQIP, NAAG and CASC. The latest issue features an insight into the clinical audit work carried out be NICE and there is also information relating to a broad survey looking at what clinical audit and governance staff think of involving patients directly in audit. Grumpy Auditor has excelled himself again with a few ‘Alternative Christmas Carols’ and the editorial focuses on the increasingly important role that junior doctors are playing in undertaking clinical audit. As always, we are keen to receive interesting articles for review and there are details in the journal of how to submit your work. To access the journal, please click here.

CASC launch new ‘best ever clinical audit’ project

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to announce the launch of our new ‘my best-ever’ clinical audit initiative. The aim of this project is to develop a minimum of twenty exemplar clinical audits that will encourage others to carry out clinical audit work. Over the next few months we will be contacting high profile figures at NCAAG, NAGG, HQIP, NICE, Royal Colleges etc, asking them to provide a short summary of their ‘best ever’ clinical audit project. We believe that by subsequently sharing details of audits carried out by key people in lead roles this will inspire others and create a library of ideas for useful audit projects. We are also keen to hear about great audits that you have undertaken, so please contact us if you would like to take part in this initiative. To provide you with a guide in terms of what we are looking for, click here to access Stephen Ashmore’s ‘best-ever’ clinical audit project. Email info@clinicalauditsupport.com if you wish to participate.

Lots of news from national audit conference

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From 8-9 February 2011 the CASC team attended the annual Clinical Audit and Improvement conference in London. The event included keynote presentations from many notable clinical audit leaders, including: Professor Nick Black, Martin Ferris and Robin Burgess. Notable announcements at the conference included – 1) the proposal to make a number of established national clinical audits (NCA’s) subscription-based for Trusts (announced by Department of Health) and 2) HQIP are developing a central database to track trustwide involvement in NCA’s. Professor Black re-affirmed that it is ‘still an exciting time to be involved in clinical audit’ and although delegate numbers at the event were down on 2010 it proved a stimulating and upbeat conference.

Meet CASC at ‘CA and Improvement 2011’

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The CASC team will be speaking and exhibiting at Healthcare Events’ annual ‘Clinical Audit and Improvement’ conference taking place in London on 8-9 February 2011. The conference is a well-established event and is now in its 11th year. The CASC team will be taking part in a debate on targeted re-audit, exploring the merits of significant event audit and running a fully interactive 90 minute workshop on education and training. CASC have also secured a 25% discount for any delegates who book via us. For more details - click here. Please come and say ‘hello’ if you are attending the conference.

CASC announce training dates in London

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After the success of running our accredited training in the North of England we have now decided to deliver a number of our accredited training courses in Central London. We will be running Advanced Clinical Audit on 17th February and Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 18th February. Both training sessions will take place at training rooms in Haymarket (just off Piccadilly Circus) and learners who book onto both courses will be given a complimentary copy of the New Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit. There are also discounts available for group bookings. For more details, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Martin Ferris awarded MBE!

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We are delighted to announce that Martin Ferris (NCAAG/NAGG member, Head of Clinical Audit and Effectiveness at NHS Sheffield) has been awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS. We have worked closely with Martin for almost ten years now and first met at the East Midlands Regional CASNET meeting where he amused us all with his carol singing socks! In 2005 Stephen delivered training in Norway with Martin and in the same year we also collaborated on the CGST’s ‘A Practical Handbook for Clinical Audit’. Martin has a distinguished career in the NHS and his contribution to clinical audit has been unsurpassed. We are pleased to announce that he will be attending our ‘Clinical Audit Leadership Day’ in Leicester on 28th January and we are sure that all of those working in our field will wish him well for his planned retirement later in 2011.

Please feedback your experiences of national audits

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to hear more about your experiences (good and bad) of the following national clinical audits: MINAP, National Audit of Continence Care, National Sentinel Stroke Audit, National Falls and Bone Health Audit and National Adult Diabetes Audit. If you have any feedback that you would like to share with us on any of the above audits, please email details to info@clinicalauditsupport.com by the end of January 2011 (please restrict comments to key points on one page of A4). All comments will be treated confidentially and we hope to use the findings to help make suggestions on how national clinical audits could be made more user-friendly and effective.

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