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eNewsletter – Issue 28 – July 2011

New issue of Clinical Audit Today available

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The latest edition of CASC’s online journal Clinical Audit Today is now available. The current issue is the eighth instalment of the journal and focuses solely on junior doctor clinical audit. The journal includes further details of the three winning audits from the 2010 competition, plus ‘A Clinical Audit Manager’s Eye View’ by Karen Powell and a thought-provoking article by Drs Stanton and Baksi. To view the latest journal, click here. In addition, we plan to publish the next journal in September 2011. If you would like to submit articles for the journal or updates for our signposting page, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Final call for junior doctor competition entries

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The deadline for the Clinical Audit Support Centre’s ‘Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year’ competition is now fast approaching. We are using the British Medical Association’s definition of junior doctors and thus the competition is open to all FY1’s, FY2’s, GP Registrars and Specialty Registrars. Entries must be received by the 31st July 2011 and the judging panel will review all abstracts and reply by the end of August. Successful entrants will then be invited to showcase their audit projects as part of a Finals Day Conference taking place in Leicester on 17th November 2011. To download the entry form and find out more about the competition please click here.

All change at the Department of Health!

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to report that David Gilbert, Clinical Strategies and Clinical Audit Branch at the Department of Health recently left his post. Gilbert held responsibility for clinical audit within the Department of Health and his final out of office message simply states ‘DAVID GILBERT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING’. CASC understand that Department of Health are currently reviewing arrangements for clinical audit and that it is expected that responsibility will in time be held by the NHS Commissioning Board in Leeds. We have also requested an update from DH on the plans to make a number of National Clinical Audit’s subscription-based. Sadly we can offer no further updates other than to confirm that DH plan to write out to organisations with their plans as soon as these have been finalised.

CASC linking up with HQIP and NAGG

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that we have been invited by HQIP to run a number of workshops at the HQIP conference taking place in Manchester from 10-11 October 2011. We are also in discussions with HQIP to make our interactive Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit available to clinical audit professionals. In other news, we have been invited to attend the National Audit Governance Group meeting in September and we will be providing them with updates on the current state of clinical audit in the UK, including our analysis of job vacancies from 2009-11. We are in the process of launching our new ‘My best ever clinical audit’ initiative and members of HQIP, NCAAG and NAGG will all be invited to participate in this project. Further details will be provided in the next e Newsletter in September.

Recent news from HQIP

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The six-week period since our last e Newsletter in June has seen a flurry of activity at HQIP. The charity recently launched a number of new products including the much-anticipated Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). We understand that over 300 users have already signed up for CAKE (pictured) and more details can be found via the HQIP website. HQIP have also published a number of reports relating to national audits in recent weeks and the list of NCAs for Quality Accounts in 2011-12 has been released. HQIP have also published proposed standards for education in clinical audit and audit professionals have until 2nd September to feedback comments. We also note that HQIP are recruiting for a Communications Officer for the National Joint Registry and that this is a full-time position until March 2013. HQIP continue to push ahead at an international level with Robin Burgess and Andrew Corbett-Nolan recently presenting at the ESQH/ISQua conference in Krakow on ‘Clinical Audit as a central plank in national programmes to improve quality: potential for development of audit across Europe’.

Leadership Day gains 100% positive feedback

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CASC’s 2nd Leadership Day was held in Leicester on 29th June and proved to be a huge success. Clinical audit staff, governance professionals and primary care staff attended the event and all attendees stated that they would recommend the event to others. We are delighted to announce that the course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and that the next training will be held in Leicester on 26th January 2012. Costs have been reduced to just £115 plus VAT per person and include onsite car parking, lunch and accreditation via the RCN.

Stephen and Tracy return to Keele University!

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The Directors of the Clinical Audit Support Centre returned to their university days on 16th June by tutoring on the post-graduate Clinical Audit certificate course at Keele University. Stephen and Tracy both studied for their first degrees at Keele University in the early 1990’s and lived opposite each other in Barnes Hall from 1992-3. However, it was not until 1997 that they met for the first time at Leicestershire Primary Care Audit Group. We would like to thank course leader and NCAAG member, Dr Katherine Birch, for inviting us to teach on what is clearly an excellent course.

Cabinet Office announce plans to release clinical audit data

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As part of the Government’s continuing commitment to provide greater data transparency with regard to public services the Prime Minister announced on 7th July 2011 that he is committed to publishing key data on the National Health Service, schools, criminal courts and transport. The announcement made it clear that clinical audit data, detailing the performance of publicly funded clinical teams in treating key healthcare conditions, will be published from April 2012. This service will be piloted in December 2011 using data from the latest National Lung Cancer Audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

Tell your friends/colleagues about our E Newsletter

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Since we launched our E Newsletter in February 2007 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up! The E News is free and delivered direct to your email account every two months. The newsletter provides you with a mix of CASC-related and other clinical audit news to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of clinical audit. Don’t forget, if you have missed a previous issue of E News please visit the community section of our website where all previous issues are archived. Please email to sign up for your copy: info@clinicalauditsupport.com




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