GMC publish important guidance on revalidation
The GMC have recently updated their revalidation guidance. The update may disappoint many clinical audit professionals as the new guidance suggests that doctors can choose to participate in either clinical audit, or four other disciplines in order to provide evidence of participation in a quality improvement activity. Therefore this suggests that some doctors will be able to choose not to participate in clinical audit work in order to show evidence of their fitness to practice – which is a considerable shift from previous revalidation guidance that stated doctors would have to show evidence of active involvement in clinical audit work. The good news for clinical audit advocates is that the new guidance does encourage doctors to demonstrate that they reflect on the care they deliver, with particular focus on outcomes. This links perfectly to clinical audit and thus it is likely that many doctors will be keen to use clinical audits to demonstrate to their appraisers that they participate in robust quality improvement activities. For more information and access to the guidance, visit the CASC homepage.
Prospect of NCA’s by subscription looms
Following presentations at the Clinical Audit and Improvement conference in February, we are now in a position to provide a short update on the prospect of several NCAPOP NCA’s becoming subscription-based. Although we understand that a formal decision has not been made, it appears increasingly likely that up to 9 NCAPOP NCA’s will become subscription-based (i.e. Trusts will have to pay directly to participate) during the 2011-12 financial year. Clearly NCA’s by subscription are not a new phenomenon, e.g. UKTARN. However, we share the concerns of local audit staff who have contacted us worried that a move to fee-paid NCA’s may impact on local clinical audit resources. We will provide updates on this matter as soon as we have any further information.
NHS Evidence is changing
The Clinical Audit Support Centre have been informed that on 10th May 2011, NHS Evidence - the online service for health and social care professionals - is changing. The presentation of information will be reconfigured to help users easily access evidence-based information on best practice, care pathways and information for patients. Users will also be able to gain direct access to the BNF and resources collated by the National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM), the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) and products developed by the National Prescribing Centre (NPC). Changes to NHS Evidence will be launched at the forthcoming NICE conference at the ICC in Birmingham.
Annual clinical audit programme now available
Virginia Fieldsend (Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Facilitator at NHS Sheffield) has kindly informed us that their latest Annual Clinical Audit Priority Programme for 2011/12 is now available. Sheffield’s priority programme has proved popular with clinical audit professionals in previous years as it helps Trusts to map out their clinical audit priorities. The 2011/12 programme is highly comprehensive and further details can be obtained by contacting Virginia directly via email@example.com.
CASC’s Leadership Day can change your life!
CASC’s first-ever Clinical Audit Leadership Day took place at Leicester City Football Club on 28th January 2011. The majority of the day was led by trainer extraordinaire, Andy Cope, with short presentations by Stephen Ashmore, NCAAG, NICE and NAGG. Feedback from the event has been exceptional with all delegates stating that they would recommend the training to others. Delegate Karen Powell (Clinical Audit and National Guidance Manager at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust) stated ‘The day has really changed my life’! The action-packed day included lots of ideas to help clinical audit professionals enhance their leadership skills and become more productive and is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. We are now taking bookings for the next event on 29th June 2011. Click here to find out more.
As ever, lots to report from HQIP since our last newsletter. Recent developments include – the launch of the Quality Accounts portal on 1st April and the publication of the ‘Evaluation of Clinical Audit’ study in conjunction with the Cambridge Institute for Research, Education and Management in March. HQIP also recently held their National Clinical Audit Summit on 7th March and further details on the outcomes from this can be found via the ‘News and Events’ section of their website. HQIP have also announced further updates on their Directory of Registers and Clinical Databases project and results of their survey on National Clinical Audit’s should be available in due course. For more details visit the HQIP website.
CASC release June course dates
The Clinical Audit Support Centre have recently announced dates for courses set to take place in Leicester during June 2011. Our popular accredited Advanced Clinical Audit course will take place on 14th June – click here to download the course flyer. Our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit Course will be held on 15th June and more details can be found by clicking here. In addition, CASC are offering discount of 10% and a copy of the New Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit to delegates who book onto both courses. To obtain your booking form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Key personnel changes announced at a national level
CASC would like to make clinical audit professionals aware of a number of key personnel changes that have taken place recently. Martin Ferris (NCAAG, NAGG member and pictured) retired from NHS Sheffield at the end of March 2011. Dr Katherine Birch (Head of Clinical Audit at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust) has replaced Martin on NCAAG. In further NCAAG changes, both Boo Armstrong and Dr Sarah Schofield have left the group with Dr Stephen Berg joining NCAAG. Meanwhile, Julie Bone’s brief tenure as NAGG Chair has come to an end. Julie has been replaced by Colin Bryant (Clinical Audit Manager at East of England Ambulance Service).
CASC move into the BBC
We are delighted to announce that on 1st March 2011, the Clinical Audit Support Centre moved into offices at the Blaby Business Centre (BBC). The move has occurred following the decision by our former landlord at Alpha House in South Wigston to re-develop our former offices. Please be aware that our contact details have also altered and our new telephone number is (0116) 264 3411. Our new fax number is (0116) 278 7679. The new phone number will be manned weekdays from 9am to 5pm. If you wish to contact us via email please use the established contact email address email@example.com
CASC Teaching Toolkit almost complete!
CASC have been working hard on the new Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit (CATT). The toolkit is full of tried and tested interactive-teaching materials that clinical audit professionals will be able to use in order to enhance local clinical audit training sessions. The CATT includes quizzes, card-sorts, videos, etc that make clinical audit training interesting and fun for learners. The costs of the toolkit is £50 for those who have previously taken part in our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course and £100 for those wishing to buy separately. More details of the toolkit will be available very soon.
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