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eNewsletter - Issue 18 - March 2010

CASC announce ‘inspired’ lineup for their 4th national conference


CASC’s fourth annual clinical audit conference will take place in Leicester on 16th September and is entitled ‘Clinical Audit – Inspiration and New Ideas’. A fantastic line-up of speakers has been assembled including Finance Director of West Midlands Police Force David Wilkin looking at ‘what next for public sector finances?’ and one of Britain’s most successful female entrepreneurs and star of ‘Secret Millionaire’ Kavita Oberoi (pictured) delivering the keynote address. Delegates will also have the opportunity to access 4 out of 6 one-hour workshops from a list to include: transformational leadership, potential unlimited, stress management, all new training and education tips and HQIP tools and support in action. The conference will also feature the annual clinical audit poster competition and is exceptional value for money at £170 plus VAT.

Latest E journal now available online


The fifth issue of the Clinical Audit Today journal is now available via the Clinical Audit Support Centre’s website. As usual the journal features national updates looking at the work of HQIP, CASC and NAGG. The journal features a number of thought provoking articles, including Tracy Ruthven’s editorial entitled '16 years on – is clinical audit still exciting' and John Grant-Casey’s hilarious take on the importance of sampling for clinical audit projects. Consultant Surgeon Simon Dodds has provided an excellent article looking at the value of clinical audit and the journal also includes details of the audit carried out by Leicestershire County and Rutland Community Health Services that delegates voted the best poster at the CASC national conference in September 2009. As always, the journal also includes details of forthcoming conferences and events. To access the journal, click here.

Important updates to CASC website


The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s website is currently being updated and this work will be completed by the second week in March 2010. We have added a new section entitled ‘Our Charity’ that provides details of support and clinical audit work that we have carried out with our local children’s hospice and you can now access six new factsheets that provide more details and case studies of our work from the ‘services’ page. We have also added details of useful websites to our ‘useful resources’ section and added a full list of data capture companies to our ‘links’ pages. More updates are planned over the next few weeks, so watch this space!

Book now for King’s Fund conference on 23rd March


The King’s Fund are running a one-day conference in London entitled ‘Applying quality measurement to improve health care services’ that will be of interest to those involved in using clinical indicators and clinical audit data to improve health care services. The conference will focus on issues to consider in developing, producing and using measures of quality, how to measure quality with a practical look at the use of data and indicators to improve health care services, how to prioritise data and engaging boards and clinicians in quality measurement. Speakers include John Stewart, Quality Framework and QIPP Programme, Department of Health, and Professor Peter Smith, Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College Business School. For further details click here.

HQIP publish a new set of resources


The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have recently released a number of important guidance documents that will be of interest to clinical audit enthusiasts. These include: Criteria and indicators of best practice in clinical audit, Guidance on patient and public involvement in clinical audit and Clinical audit: A simple guide for NHS Boards and partners. In addition, HQIP have announced a number of events where NHS professionals can find out more in relation to the new publications on PPE and guidance for Trust Boards. HQIP are also running their second annual local audit conference at The Belfry from 27-28 April 2010 and this incorporates the annual clinical audit awards. For more details on any of the above visit www.hqip.org.uk

Book for various CASC courses in 2010


If you want to get 2010 off to a great start then Andy Cope’s Art of Being Brilliant course will be perfect for you! Andy is an accredited trainer/best selling author and his Art of Being Brilliant day will help you review your working practices and inspire you to make positive changes that will make a real impact. The course has run twice previously and feedback has been exceptionally positive with previous attendees finding the day incredibly thought provoking and useful. In addition to Art of Being Brilliant we have also updated our training diary and we are offering accredited courses in Advanced Audit, Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit and Root Cause Analysis during the first-half of 2010. Request more details and booking forms via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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