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eNewsletter – Issue 10 – August 2008

All the latest reinvigoration news

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The last few months have seen a tidal wave of activity in relation to clinical audit, especially at a national level. Robin Burgess has been appointed CEO of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and he is in the process of building a team of staff. Robin joins HQIP from a background in Mental Health and addiction services and will be speaking at the Audit 2020 conference in September. NCAAG have appointed several new representatives and the group met for the first time in May. We understand that NCAAG are working on their own website and this will include meeting minutes for public scrutiny. The group are currently looking for a GP member via the Appointments Commission to complete their line-up. There have also been two important questionnaires looking at national clinical audit priorities (co-ordinated by HQIP) and clinical audit delivery (co-ordinated by Frontline consultants). Both surveys have been conducted via survey monkey and results will be fedback to the clinical audit community in due course.

CASC announce launch of new journal

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that their new clinical audit journal will be launched at the 2020 conference in September. We have been working on Clinical Audit Today since late 2007 after it became clear to us that that very few journals currently accept clinical audit work for publication. The journal will be available in electronic format on a quarterly basis and initially each publication will be eight pages in length. HQIP have agreed to contribute one page per issue in order to keep audit professionals in touch with important national developments, but the remaining seven pages will promote best practice in clinical audit. The journal will be peer reviewed and full details of how to obtain your copy and submit articles for the publication will be posted on the CASC website in September. The first issue will feature articles looking at significant event audit and clinical audit, plus views from two ex-clinical audit professionals on how audit should be reinvigorated.

CASC work on SEA commended

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre have recently completed a study looking at the content and quality of significant event audit reports submitted under QOF. The project was a joint initiative involving CASC, the NPSA and Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT. The work found that many SEA reports lack key information and few include details of what action needs to be taken to ensure that a similar event does not re-occur. The project was formally presented at an NPSA showcase event in Nottingham on 11th June and more details can be accessed via the NPSA website. The work has been praised by the RCGP and NPSA and will be presented at the RCGP conference in August and Healthcare Events Risk and Patient Safety conference in London on 25th November. CASC will incorporate findings of this work into their accredited SEA Masterclass, next due to take place in Leicester on 18th September.

New Train the Trainers accredited course proves a great success!

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CASC launched their new Train the Trainers in Clinical Audit course in Middlesbrough on 24th June. The course has subsequently been held in the North East and Leicester and thus far feedback has been excellent with 100% of attendees stating that they would recommend the course to others. The course is doubly accredited and attendees have the opportunity to gain a certificate of attendance, plus a level two teaching qualification through the Open College Network. Comments by learners to date have included: “the training made me feel more confident about developing an audit training package”, “it was great to gain the qualification” and “I enjoyed the course thoroughly”. The course is highly interactive, informative and fun and costs £250 plus VAT per learner with numbers restricted to 8 learners per course. The next available date for places on the course is 30th October in Leicester.

Professor Black sets out his plans for clinical audit

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Professor Nick Black delivered the keynote presentation at the regional audit reinvigoration event in Burton on 17th July and used the opportunity to outline his plans and aims for the future of clinical audit. Professor Black noted that clinical audit is the poor-relation compared to education and research and he intends to push for more support and funding for audit. He also noted that audit fits in with many key current healthcare priorities, e.g. revalidation, the Darzi report and the drive towards better quality care and world class commissioning. Professor Black outlined the current audit structures and explained how organisations will work together to reinvigorate audit. He announced that there will be an event in November bringing together providers of all “national audits” not currently under the NCAPOP banner and suggested that gradual progress will be made towards setting up the National Clinical Audit Forum in Spring 2009.

Less than 20 places left for Clinical Audit 2020

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Interest in CASC’s second 2020 conference has been exceptional and with two months to go before the big day there are now less than 20 delegate places available. The conference promises to be a superb day with Professor Nick Black (NCAAG Chair) and Robin Burgess (HQIP CEO) kicking off proceedings in the morning with individual presentations plus a 30 minute questions and answer session. The event will also feature Martin Ferris (NAGG Chair) plus presentations from NICE and the National Blood Service. The undoubted star of our first 2020 conference in November, Andy Cope (pictured), will be back with 90 minutes of inspiration and the day is being chaired by Lucy Warner (advisor to the Department of Health). The poster competition is now closed and there are 18 entrants vying for the top prize (to be voted for by delegates). The full programme for the day is available by clicking here and to secure your place please contact us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com or phone (07834) 914419.

Regional events help kickstart clinical audit reinvigoration

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Over the course of the last three months the Clinical Audit Support Centre have helped to deliver a number of regional reinvigoration events. The first of these took place in Plymouth on 14th May and was followed by further events in Taunton, Darlington and Burton-upon-Trent. Each event was co-ordinated by regional Strategic Health Authority staff in conjunction with local clinical audit professionals. All three events included indepth presentations on the new national arrangements for clinical audit plus an interactive session focusing on how patients can be more effectively involved in clinical audit. A number of the reinvigoration events also incorporated presentations on successful local audit projects and workshops looking at various aspects of clinical audit delivery. One further regional event is scheduled for the East Midlands and East of the country and this will be facilitated by the Clinical Audit Support Network.

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