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eNewsletter – Issue 30 – October 2011

‘My best ever clinical audit’ initiative is here!

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CASC are delighted to announce details of our new ‘my best ever clinical audit’ initiative. CASC have always believed that it is vital to showcase examples of good clinical audit projects that will serve to inspire others to participate. Following the success of the new ‘junior doctor audit’ section of our website we have decided to launch our ‘my best ever clinical audit’ project. Clinical audit leaders from the likes of the Department of Health, HQIP, NCAAG, NAGG, etc have been asked to supply examples of great clinical audit projects and we are also looking for inspiring audits from across the healthcare sector. Anyone can take part and we plan to publish a free online resource book featuring audits that we have collected in 2012. To find out more about this initiative, please click here.

NCAAG discuss CASC reports at September meeting

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The members of NCAAG recently met and we understand that their September meeting focused on various aspects of local and national clinical audit. As part of the meeting a number of important documents were tabled and discussed, including CASC’s ‘Clinical Audit jobs report’ and our ‘2010 Online survey report’. The group also examined ‘HQIP’s survey of local audit staff attitudes to NCA’s’ and reviewed a paper looking at ‘views on subscription funding’. We look forward to the minutes of the meeting being made available online. In other news, CASC also presented to the National Audit Governance Group and the Department of Health in mid-September and Department of Health have requested regular meetings with us to keep them informed of our work and important matters relating to audit.

Plans to explore a new professional body for clinical auditors

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CASC members recently attended a regional meeting at which the Social Care Association outlined plans to conduct a wide consultation of clinical audit professionals to assess if there was a need to set up a professional body for clinical auditors. This work has been part of HQIP’s work programme and details are outlined in their 2010 Training and Learning strategy. We understand that the Social Care Association will be meeting clinical audit professionals up and down the country to canvas views on the need for a professional body and they will also be conducting an online questionnaire with the help of the Professional Associations Research Network. There is also a session to discuss ‘creating a body for clinical auditors’ chaired by Richard Banks planned for Day Two of the HQIP conference in Manchester on 11th October. To find out more about the Social Care Association visit www.socialcareassociation.co.uk

Train the Trainer course re-accredited by Royal College of Nursing

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Our popular Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course has been re-accredited by the Royal College of Nursing until 2014. The course was initially set up in 2008 and enables those training clinical audit to obtain a relevant teaching qualification. The RCN assessor was very complimentary in her report on the course and stated ‘evaluation summaries from previous cohorts have been provided and demonstrate that the day is well-received, engaging and useful. There is a clear focus on training skills, which is important’. Those undertaking clinical audit training may also be interested to learn that HQIP’s proposed ‘Standards for Clinical Audit Learning and Development’ recommend in section 2.2 that trainers ‘have successfully undertaken a recognised teaching qualification’. The Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course will provide this qualification and trainers will also gain a copy of our new Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit.

‘CASC club’ is coming

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre appreciate just how hard the current financial climate is at the moment and with this in mind we are working on our new ‘CASC club’. This is a very simple idea whereby we have approached a number of suppliers relevant to those working in clinical audit and negotiated a reduction for those who have signed up to our monthly newsletter. We are working on a dedicated webpage for this at the moment, but at present we can offer 10% discount to those who mention the Clinical Audit Support Centre on all Radcliffe Medical Press books and SNAP surveys software purchases. We can also access a range of discounts on conferences and events organised by Healthcare Conferences UK. This is a free service and you simply need to email info@clinicalauditsupport.com if you are interested in products from any of the three companies listed above.

Robin Burgess blog now live on HQIP website

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Those with an interest in clinical audit will be eager to read the new blog that is now available via the HQIP website. This is written by HQIP Chief Executive Officer, Robin Burgess, and provides a great insight into his and HQIP’s work. The blog went live in mid-September and can be found by looking at the ‘News and Events’ section of the HQIP website. To date, three blogs have been written focusing on: the recent Westminster Health Forum, the work of the Health Informatics Unit and the work of the international expert group on Handover that met in Florence on 23rd September. In other HQIP news, it should be noted that Paul Lelliott has stepped down as Chairman and been replaced by Janet Davies from the Royal College of Nursing.

You said, we did!

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Many of you will be aware that we recently made available a generic excel tool that helps clinicians and clinical audit professionals to input and analyse data for simple clinical audit projects. Feedback on the spreadsheet has been very positive but a number of improvements have been suggested. A number of users found that their local IT did not support the xlsx file format and users asked that the logos be re-sized and the colours on the performance chart be amended. We are in the process of making all the necessary changes that have been suggested to us and new versions of the tools will be available online by the end of October. We will provide an update in the next eNewsletter.

Book now for junior doctor conference

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There are places available on the Junior Doctor Audit Event taking place in Leicester on 17th November 2011. The programme for the event has been finalised and speakers will include Kate Godfrey (HQIP) and the three winners from the 2010 ‘Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year’ competition. Over 40 junior doctors have confirmed that they will be showcasing their work at the event and the competition is expected to be fiercer than ever before! The cost of the event has been reduced to just £125 plus VAT per delegate and group bookings are available. The cost includes all refreshments, free car parking and the conference delegate pack. For more information, visit the CASC homepage by clicking here.

Mail Chimp update

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Last month we sent out our eNewsletter to members on our circulation list using Mail Chimp. Unfortunately, it appears that a small proportion of NHS professionals did not receive the email and we are looking into reasons why this proved to be the case. Mail Chimp is our preferred platform for sending out our future eNewsletters as it enables us to provide a superior product. However, given the initial problems we encountered last month we have decided to continue using the established format for sending out the newsletter until the end of 2011. We will review the various options available and hope to move to Mail Chimp at the start of 2012.

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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