CASC produce short film on how to undertake a successful audit
The Clinical Audit Support Centre launched Clinical Audit TV in 2009 and have just added a third film to the library of resources. The latest film is short and simple and explains how to carry out a successful local clinical audit project. The film provides a step-by-step guide to those healthcare professionals who need to undertake their own clinical audit project and includes tips and practical guidance. The film lasts just under ten minutes and is designed to give an overview of the audit process to those who have little experience of undertaking clinical audit work. We intend to record and publish several more short films over the second-half of 2010 and these will be made available online.
CASC conference and accredited training events
The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s 4th annual national conference is due to take place in Leicester on 16th September and will feature a number of keynote speakers and six interactive workshops. Full details are available via the CASC website and keynote speakers include Kavita Oberoi (star of ‘The Secret Millionaire’) and David Wilkin (Head of Finance for West Midlands Police) looking at the sticky issue of ‘what next for public sector finances’? The event will also include a number of skills-based workshops looking at Training and Education for clinical audit, leadership, reaching your true potential, stress management and a Q&A session facilitated by HQIP. The event will also feature the annual clinical audit poster competition with a first prize of £200. If you would like to submit a poster or attend the conference please contact the CASC team.
Accredited distance-learning proving popular
Since 2007 the Clinical Audit Support Centre have facilitated and delivered the Clinical Audit Skills Course. This course is available on a distance-learning basis and allows healthcare professionals to gain a nationally recognised qualification by undertaking a local clinical audit project. Learners gain a course guide and copy of ‘Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit’ plus full tutor support. All tutors are qualified and experienced clinical audit professionals who offer advice and guidance to learners. The course is perfect for professionals who need to carryout a clinical audit project to meet personal, professional or revalidation requirements. The National Open College Network accredit the course and we are in the process of obtaining further accreditation from the Royal College of Nursing. Please contact the CASC team for more details.
Key news from the Belfry: HQIP conference roundup
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership held their second national two-day conference from 27-28th April 2010. Key messages from the event included: a reminder for professionals to use the National Clinical Audit Forum and the first look at the planned Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange. HQIP also launched a number of new documents, e.g. a guide to involving junior doctors in audit, using statistics in audit and guides on how to present clinical audit to the public. The event included a range of workshops and seven keynote speakers and interesting discussions took place on balancing national/local audit workloads and delivering clinical audit with less local resources. The highlight of the event was the evening reception that incorporated the Clinical Audit Awards ceremony culminating with Royal Berkshire winning the prestigious ‘gold’ award. Full details of the event are available via the HQIP website.
CASC audit jobs report available soon
The Clinical Audit Support Centre are in the final stages of completing a report looking at clinical audit job vacancies from July 2009 to March 2010. The full report looks at 140 clinical audit jobs advertised via the NHS jobs website over a nine month period and will be available online from 1st June. Initial findings show that the number of advertised audit vacancies have dropped significantly from a high of 28 in July 2009 to just 27 during the first three months of 2010. The report also shows that there is little consistency in clinical audit job titles and significant pay differences for similar clinical audit jobs.
CASC in-house accredited training available
The Clinical Audit Support Centre deliver a wide range of training courses that help teams gain accredited qualifications and meet external regulation. We recently delivered training for GAIN in Northern Ireland and have also delivered training for Out of Hours teams during evenings and on weekends. CASC’s training courses are all accredited and we offer in-house training in clinical audit, significant event audit and root cause analysis. In addition to running ‘in-house’ training we also offer accredited training courses in Leicester and full details of our Autumn training programme have just been released. Courses include: Advanced Clinical Audit (Level 3) on 22nd September and Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 23rd September. Visit the website for more information.
Two conferences of interest to audit professionals
The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to make you aware of two forthcoming events that will be of interest to clinical audit professionals. On 12th May, Help the Hospices, in partnership with the Department of Health, is jointly hosting a quality accounts conference to support hospices and healthcare organisations in meeting the statutory requirement of The Health Act 2009 to produce quality accounts. Keynote speakers include: Neil Townley (Department of Health Quality Accounts Team) and Catherine Foot (Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund). The cost of the event is just £115 plus VAT for non-members. More details are available via www.helpthehospices.co.uk. Healthcare Events have announced that they will be running a conference entitled ‘Improving the Quality of Junior Doctor led Clinical Audit’ in Manchester on 8th July. Further details are available via www.healthcare-events.co.uk
Bloggers and journal articles wanted!
The Clinical Audit Support Centre are looking for bloggers who would like to write interesting and thought-provoking articles that will be of interest to those staff working at the clinical audit coalface. Bloggers typically write articles of 400-500 words that are then turned into short podcasts and made available via the CASC website and iTunes. In addition, CASC are looking for authors who would like to submit articles for our Clinical Audit Today journal. This is freely available online and is published every quarter. Full details of how to submit articles for the journal can be found in each issue and we typically ask for short and snappy articles of between 500-600 words. If you are interested in submitting blogs and/or journal articles to us please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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