CASC Job Vacancy Report now available
The Clinical Audit Support Centre have recently published a short report examining clinical audit job vacancies advertised on the NHS Jobs website from July 2009 to March 2010. The report focuses on a total of 140 vacancies and the key finding is that the number of clinical audit vacancies have dropped considerably over the last 12 months. The report also identifies that there is little consistency in terms of clinical audit job titles and salaries for staff with the same job title vary considerably. The report includes advice from CASC on how audit staff and teams can attempt to protect their positions in coming months and there are also a number of recommendations for national bodies such as HQIP, NCAAG and NAAG. To read the report, click here.
HQIP seeks stakeholder feedback
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have recently set up a detailed survey monkey questionnaire that they would like staff with a remit for clinical audit to complete. The survey is split into a number of segments and incorporates approximately 100 questions all geared towards gaining feedback on the work of HQIP to date. There is currently no deadline to complete the survey and you can take part by clicking here. In other news from HQIP we can report that their website has been updated and the charity now has its own Facebook page – click here to see more. New products have been released in recent months including an excellent guide looking at how to support junior doctors with clinical audit work. There have also been a number of important personnel changes with Jane Moore and Eleanor Thomas leaving the LQIT. HQIP are also looking for clinical audit staff that would like to test the forthcoming Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). For more details, visit www.hqip.org.uk
Issue 6 of Clinical Audit Today available soon
The sixth issue of our Clinical Audit Today journal is with the printers and due for release on 9th July. The issue includes national updates on the work of NCAAG, CASC, HQIP and NAGG. The editorial looks at the reinvigoration of clinical audit and asks ‘how are we actually measuring this’? Nicola Porter has provided a full overview of the work of Northern Ireland’s Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network and Ian Coyle tells us what it is like to be a clinical auditor working in two different NHS Trusts. Grumpy Old Auditor has also produced another masterpiece, entitled ‘What’s yours is mine and what’s mine’s my own’. As usual we are on the lookout for relevant articles for Issue 7 – to be released in the Autumn.
Disappointment as revalidation is ‘put on ice’
There has doubtless been widespread disappointment across the clinical audit community at the recent news that revalidation has been postponed for at least 12 months. The general view of doctors that we work with is that revalidation is seen as too expensive in the current fiscal climate and a number have suggested that revalidation may be scrapped entirely. This is unfortunate for clinical audit as under revalidation arrangements it was intended that all doctors would undertake two clinical audit projects every five years. Revalidation certainly appeared to be encouraging many GPs to re-visit audit for the first time post Quality and Outcomes Framework so it is a shame that revalidation has been put on pause. However, there remain numerous drivers for clinical audit at present, including Quality Accounts, NHSLA, CQUINs, QIPP, etc.
Book now for CASC courses
The Clinical Audit Support Centre offer a range of accredited training courses that can be run in-house or externally. Courses include: Advanced Clinical Audit, Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit, Significant Event Audit Masterclass, Root Cause Analysis Masterclass, etc. We also provide training for senior managers and trust board members on clinical audit and our Audit Skills Course is a distance-learning package that enables staff wanting to carry out an audit project to do so with the assistance of an expert tutor. We are in the process of updating the training section of our website, click here to find out more.
Have you been put ‘at risk’?
From our recent travels across the UK and from attending various meetings/events we are increasingly hearing from clinical audit professionals who have been put ‘at risk’ and who face redundancy. In a number of cases we are aware of clinical audit staff from the same team who have been competing for the same job as a result of financial cutbacks. If this is a familiar situation for you or your team please send an email to us via firstname.lastname@example.org We are interested in trying to help the audit community gain an appreciation of current cuts/threats and to help develop strategies that may help clinical audit professionals in the future. We plan to devote space in the next issue of our journal to look at this matter in more detail.
CASC invited to present at international event
The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) have invited the Clinical Audit Support Centre to present details of a joint national audit with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at their 27th international conference taking place in Paris this Autumn. CASC support a range of national organisations in providing clinical audit advice and expertise and the Medicines Use Review Audit is an initiative that has enabled Community Pharmacists to monitor the care they deliver to patients and gain patient feedback. The national audit is available electronically and has proved extremely cost effective. We are in the process of developing more audit tools with the RPSGB and for those of you interested in finding out more about the ISQua conference, please visit www.isqua.org
Details of forthcoming clinical audit conferences
Healthcare Events are running a number of conferences that will be of interest to clinical audit professionals. On 14th September ‘Clinical Audit and Revalidation’ takes place in Manchester and will be chaired by Robin Burgess. Keynote speakers include Danny Keenan and Martin Ferris (both NCAAG members). Clinical Audit 2011 will take place in London from 8-9th February and this event will include an extensive poster exhibition of clinical audit and quality improvement projects. Topics include, clinical audit for QIPP, prioritising clinical audit at board level and clinical audit and cost effectiveness. Workshops will also look at essential clinical audits and delivering clinical audit training. To find out more, visit www.healthcare-events.co.uk
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