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New resources for primary care

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Over the last few months we have developed a wide range of new resources for staff working in GP practices and these will be released in the next few months. Materials include: best practice factsheets for clinical audit, significant event audit and patient participation groups. We have also developed new posters for helping practices tackle high DNA (did not attend) rates and we are running a pilot study from July to December with practices hoping to reduce unwanted DNAs – get in touch if you’d like to participate as there is no cost. We are also working on guidance for practices in relation to new Freedom to Speak Up regulations that must be put in place by September. To find out more, please click here. To download our new four-page best practice guide on significant event audit, click here.

Liftoff for our junior doctor competitions

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We are delighted to announce that junior doctors can now start to submit their abstracts for our eighth annual clinical audit and QI awards. Full details of both competitions and documentation for prospective entrants are available here. Since launching our junior doctor awards in 2010 we have had over 1,000 entries. Posters from previous winners are available here and you can also find short films via our Clinical Audit TV portal. This year sees a fundamental change in the delivery, as after four years of support HQIP are unable to help co-fund the 2017 awards. Therefore we are keen to work with other agencies that may be interested in working in partnership to sustain this important initiative. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us and we encourage you to share this information with all juniors who want to showcase their hard work in clinical audit and quality improvement.

Join us in bidding for clinical audit research funding

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The Health Foundation have recently announced details for their £1.6 million research funding for advancing the development of national clinical audits and registries. The initiative invites bids for small-scale awards (under £100,000) and large-scale awards (up to £400,000). The Health Foundation identified three priority areas where improvements delivery of national audits is needed: engaging patients in outcome measurements, linking data to improve the value of health care and reducing variation. The Health Foundation state that they are particularly interested in universities leading bids, but Clinical Audit Support Centre are keen to get involved and can offer valuable input given (a) our entirely independent position in relation to national audit and (b) our ever-expanding and unique annual survey work in relation to national audits. To find out more about the research initiative, click here. Please contact us if you’d like to partner with us. Deadline for all bids is 25 July 2017.

Read our guest blog for NQICAN

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On 24 March the CASC team invited 20 staff working in community and mental health settings to participate in our-first ever one-day Clinical Audit Summit. The event proved a huge success and we were subsequently asked to write a guest blog for the recently established NQICAN blog website. The blog is now live and this provides feedback on all the key discussions from the day: views on national clinical audit, views on the recent change to national audit funding, ideas for how delivery of local clinical audit can be improved, etc. The blog is honest and thought provoking and takes five minutes to read. To help stimulate debate and get key messages from the local level to national bodies, the NQICAN blog-site allows visitors to comment on blogs both in name or anonymously. Please take a moment to read our guest blog here and add your thoughts. You can also listen to the blog here.

HQIP release important new resources

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During the month of May HQIP released a number of new documents. Heading the list is the highly anticipated Social Care Audit Guidance that provides best practice for those working in social care. This has been a key aim for HQIP to deliver work on ever since Robin Burgess outlined the importance of bringing clinical audit into social care when he was CEO. In addition, HQIP have published their ‘Detection and Management of outliers for national clinical audits’ document. Many staff working in clinical audit and QI will be looking forward to the imminent release of long-awaited guidance for commissioners, plus the vital new information governance documentation. Both guidance documents were initially put out for tender by HQIP in 2014 and thus it is encouraging to see these will now be circulated. We will provide further feedback in our July newsletter.

Issue 223 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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