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eNewsletter – Issue 24 – January 2011

New edition of Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit available on pre-order

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that the new version of Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit (first published in 2002) is now available for pre-order. The CASC team have been heavily involved in developing the updated publication and we have contributed four chapters that focus on clinical audit methodology. HQIP CEO, Robin Burgess, has edited the document and there are also contributions from Nancy Dixon (Healthcare Quality Quest), Christopher Loughlan (Cambridge Institute of Research) and John Bullivant (Good Governance Institute). The new book is 212 pages in length and is available on pre-order via Amazon and Radcliffe Medical Press. The book is due to be released on 20th January 2011 and costs £29.99.

Results of CASC national survey almost ready

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Many thanks to all 182 of you who kindly took time to participate in the CASC online national clinical audit survey. We ran the survey for 10 days prior to Christmas with the support of SNAP surveys. The CASC team are currently looking at the data and interim results will be available on the CASC website from 17th January, with a more detailed report scheduled for the end of the month. The survey provides current views on: the reinvigoration of clinical audit, local v national audit, local resourcing for clinical audit, re-audit rates, etc. Findings will be publicised widely and we will be asking national leaders from the Department of Health, HQIP, NICE and NCAAG for their reactions to the key findings. We will also make the complete data set available in due course for those who want to examine the returns in more detail.

Martin Ferris awarded MBE!

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We are delighted to announce that Martin Ferris (NCAAG/NAGG member, Head of Clinical Audit and Effectiveness at NHS Sheffield) has been awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS. We have worked closely with Martin for almost ten years now and first met at the East Midlands Regional CASNET meeting where he amused us all with his carol singing socks! In 2005 Stephen delivered training in Norway with Martin and in the same year we also collaborated on the CGST’s ‘A Practical Handbook for Clinical Audit’. Martin has a distinguished career in the NHS and his contribution to clinical audit has been unsurpassed. We are pleased to announce that he will be attending our ‘Clinical Audit Leadership Day’ in Leicester on 28th January and we are sure that all of those working in our field will wish him well for his planned retirement later in 2011.

Please feedback your experiences of national audits

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to hear more about your experiences (good and bad) of the following national clinical audits: MINAP, National Audit of Continence Care, National Sentinel Stroke Audit, National Falls and Bone Health Audit and National Adult Diabetes Audit. If you have any feedback that you would like to share with us on any of the above audits, please email details to info@clinicalauditsupport.com by the end of January 2011 (please restrict comments to key points on one page of A4). All comments will be treated confidentially and we hope to use the findings to help make suggestions on how national clinical audits could be made more effective.

Latest issue of e-Journal available

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The latest issue (number 7) of our e-journal, Clinical Audit Today is now available. The journal is in its third year and always features updates on national audit bodies such as NCAAG, HQIP, NAGG and CASC. The latest issue features an insight into the clinical audit work carried out by NICE and there is also information relating to a broad survey looking at what clinical audit and governance staff think of involving patients directly in audit. Grumpy Auditor has excelled himself again with a few ‘Alternative Christmas Carols’ and the editorial focuses on the increasingly important role that junior doctors are playing in undertaking clinical audit. As always, we are keen to receive interesting articles for review and there are details in the journal of how to submit your work. To access the journal, please click here.

CASC offer 25% discount on national audit event

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CASC have secured a 25% discount on Healthcare Events’ annual ‘Clinical Audit and Improvement’ conference taking place in London on 8-9 February 2011. The conference is a well-established event and is now in its 11th year. Delegates have the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, participate in workshops, engage in lively debates and network with like-minded professionals with a remit for clinical audit work. Stephen and Tracy will be delivering a 90 minute session on Day 2 looking at best practice in clinical audit training and education. If you are interested in the 25% discount, please email your details to info@clinicalauditsupport.com

CASC launch new ‘best ever clinical audit’ project

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to announce the launch of our new ‘my best-ever’ clinical audit initiative. The aim of this project is to develop a minimum of twenty exemplar clinical audits that will encourage others to carry out clinical audit work. Over the next few months we will be contacting high profile figures at NCAAG, NAGG, HQIP, NICE, Royal Colleges etc, asking them to provide a short summary of their ‘best ever’ clinical audit project. We believe that by subsequently sharing details of audits carried out by key people in lead roles this will inspire others and create a library of ideas for useful audit projects. We are also keen to hear about great audits that you have undertaken, so please contact us if you would like to take part in this initiative. To provide you with a guide in terms of what we are looking for, click here to access Stephen Ashmore’s ‘best-ever’ clinical audit project. Email info@clinicalauditsupport.com if you wish to participate.

Website blip explained

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In the week before Christmas, a small number of users reported problems accessing the CASC website. Those who did experience problems noted a banner under our website stating ‘this website may harm your computer’. We have looked into this matter in some detail and it appears that the company that host our website were experiencing a number of problems across all websites that they host. This issue has now been resolved and we would like to assure users that our website is safe and will not harm your computer in any way. We would like to thank and apologise to those users that reported the problem and we take full responsibility for the fact that you could not access our site. Further, we would like to take this opportunity to confirm that our site is managed by an expert web-designer and we do not use tracking cookies to assess user activity.

CASC announce training dates in London

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After the success of running our accredited training in the North of England we have now decided to deliver a number of our accredited training courses in Central London. We will be running Advanced Clinical Audit on 17th February and Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 18th February. Both training sessions will take place at training rooms in Haymarket (just off Piccadilly Circus) and learners who book onto both courses will be given a complimentary copy of the New Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit. There are also discounts available for group bookings. For more details, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com

VAT update

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As many of you are aware the arrangements for Value Added Tax (VAT) have recently been changed. From 4th January 2011 the government have raised VAT from 17.5% to 20%. Unlike the previous decision in 2009 to drop the VAT rate to 15% the new rate of 20% is permanent. As a result, the Clinical Audit Support Centre are in the process of altering all course costs and other pricing structures to reflect this change. NHS customers will not be affected greatly by the change as they can reclaim VAT payments.

Clinical Audit Leadership Day is almost full

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There are a couple of places left on our first Clinical Audit Leadership Day. This will take place at Leicester City Football Club on 28th January 2011 and will help clinical audit/governance professionals gain key skills in leadership relevant to their day-to-day work. The event will be facilitated by best selling author Andy Cope (pictured), 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 have also invited leaders from key clinical audit bodies and are delighted to announce that representatives of NICE, the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group and the National Audit Governance Group have agreed to attend. The cost of the day is just £125 plus VAT (non-accredited) or £150 plus VAT (accredited). Click here to find out more and email info@clinicalauditsupport.com for your booking form.

HQIP going ‘global’!

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have recently announced that they are starting to work with international partners. The charity met with Russian Federation members twice in 2010 and will be hosting an 11-strong delegation of senior Chinese healthcare managers and clinicians from 11th January 2011. HQIP CEO, Robin Burgess, has also announced that HQIP have cultivated ‘good links’ with the European Society for Quality in Healthcare (ESQH) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). In other international news, HQIP’s ‘Criteria of Best Practice in Clinical Audit’ are now available in Italian. Visit www.hqip.org.uk for more details of HQIP’s international activities.

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