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eNewsletter – Issue 23 – November 2010

Kreckler et al win first-ever national junior doctor clinical audit competition


The results of the Clinical Audit Support Centre’s first-ever ‘junior doctor audit of the year’ competition were announced at Healthcare Events conference in Manchester on 18th November. A total of 125 entries were submitted and after close scrutiny from the CASC judging team first-place was awarded to Dr Simon Kreckler’s innovative audit on ‘Improving DVT prophylaxis’. Second place was awarded to Davidson et al for their audit on ‘Airway care bundles in ITU’ with Peterson and Windall’s ‘Antibiotic prophylaxis in trauma surgery’ taking 3rd place. Overall the event proved a huge success and a raft of new materials and resources will subsequently be made available as a result of the competition. Plans for a repeat competition and event in 2011 are in advanced stages and more details will be released via the CASC website soon.

CA Leadership Day almost full


This event will take place in Leicester on 28th January 2011 and the aim is to enable clinical audit/governance professionals to gain key skills in leadership relevant to their day-to-day work. The day will be facilitated by best selling author Andy Cope, Tracy Ruthven and Stephen Ashmore. It will be an action packed day covering: transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, inspiring others, influence and impact, etc. We are also inviting leaders from key clinical audit bodies to provide updates to attendees and answer their questions (thus far NICE, the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group and the National Audit Governance Group have agreed to send lead members). The cost of the day is just £125 plus VAT (non-accredited) or £150 plus VAT (accredited). Email info@clinicalauditsupport.com for more details and to obtain your booking form.

Listen to the latest podcasts from ‘Grumpy Old Auditor’


‘Grumpy Old Auditor’ aka John Grant-Casey from the NHS Blood and Transplant Team is rapidly gaining a cult status in the audit community. John/Grumpy has written short articles for our Clinical Audit Today e-journal since June 2009 and these are now available in podcast format. Stephen has recorded the first four articles and we hope that John will be able to record his future musings. They are hilarious, delightfully non-PC and often take no prisoners. Whether you have spent your career working at the audit coalface or you are new to the field you are sure to find them an entertaining listen. Click here for more details.

Get 25% off Clinical Audit and Improvement!!!


Our friends at Healthcare Events are running their annual national clinical audit and improvement conference in London from 8-9 February 2011. Stephen and Tracy are running a 90 minute workshop on ‘effective clinical audit training and education’ at the event and we have secured a 25% discount for CASC E News members who book onto the conference.

NICE launch a series of new e-clinical audit tools


NICE have recently announced that they are testing five new excel clinical audit tools. The tools are available via the NICE website and the NICE audit team are keen to gain feedback from healthcare staff who have tested the resources. The e-tools are excel spreadsheets that include: audit criteria, data collection sheets, results/charts and re-audit sheets. The e-tools include formulae that automatically produce results and thus save time on data analysis. The e-tools cover a diverse array of conditions from neonatal jaundice to immunisations to endoscopic submucosal dissection for lower gastrointestinal lesions. To find out more visit www.nice.org.uk

London calling: CASC announce February training dates


The Clinical Audit Support Centre are pleased to announce that for the first time since setting up in 2006 we are bringing our accredited training courses to London. Advanced Clinical Audit will take place on 17th February with Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 18th February. The training will take place at a central London location and we are offering a 10% discount for those who book onto both courses. We have also announced further training dates in Leicester for 2011 and these include: Art of Being Brilliant (10th March), Advanced Clinical Audit (29th March), Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit (30th March) and Significant Event Audit Masterclass (31st March). Contact the team to find out more and book your place via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

All change at NAGG


The National Audit Governance Group spent Summer/Autumn 2010 updating their membership and re-structuring. NAGG set up in 2000 and describe themselves as the ‘network of networks’. Members are drawn from audit networks across the country, plus HQIP/other national bodies and NAGG meet quarterly to discuss all matters clinical audit related. The ‘old’ NAGG website www.nagg.nhs.uk is in the process of being taken down and full details of the group can be found via NCAF.

CAKE update and latest news from HQIP


Over the last six weeks the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have released a raft of new materials/updates. These include: a comprehensive 46 page ‘Guide to ensuring data quality in CA’, feedback on the HQIP ‘stakeholder survey 2010’ that was completed by 422 respondents and details of the National Clinical Audit Summit scheduled for 14th March 2011 in London. HQIP have also reported continued progress on CAKE (Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange) with user acceptance testing currently underway and launch scheduled for January 2011. For those not familiar with CAKE, it is has been described as a ‘world-first’ by HQIP and will be a multi-faceted product that will assist in the delivery of clinical audit work.

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