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eNewsletter – Issue 33 – January 2012

Interim results of CASC online survey imminent!


The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s second annual online survey of those with an interest in clinical audit was conducted in December 2011 and interim results will be made available on the CASC homepage on 16th January 2012. This year 158 respondents completed the survey and the results provide an independent view of the current state of clinical audit. We would like to thank all those who took time to complete the survey and Snap Surveys for their support. Interim results will also be posted on the National Clinical Audit Forum, providing an opportunity for further discussion on the findings.

Winning posters from Junior Doctor competition now online


Over 100 initial entries were received and finalists were invited to display their posters at the conference in Leicester on 17th November 2011. Two awards were made – one selected by audit expert Martin Ferris and one voted for by delegates at the conference. The winners of the ‘Martin Ferris Award’ were Drs Lees, Harrison and Reed (pictured) from Northumbria Healthcare Trust. Clear winners of the ‘Junior Doctor Audit of the Year’ competition were Drs Maughan, Eyre, Hanna, Fawcett and Reckless from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for their ‘An Apple a Day keeps a VTE at bay’ poster. To see the winning posters, please click here.

Current NCAF discussions need your input!


A number of important discussion topics have recently been started on the National Clinical Audit Forum (hosted by HQIP). These include HQIP asking those with an interest for their views on whether current national audits are too research-focused and a discussion asking clinicians for their views on national audits. Research by CASC has found that although the number of NCAF users has increased to almost 1800 since it was launched in June 2009, the number of comments in 2011 dropped by 45% compared to activity on the forum in 2010! Given that the national audit programme will be re-tendered in 2012 it is important that local audit staff register their views on NCA’s via the forum and we would encourage all to read the recent discussions and add their comments – no matter how short. To access NCAF, visit www.hqip.org.uk

CASC training helps audit professionals meet HQIP expectations!


As part of HQIP’s new ‘Standards and Curricula’ for clinical audit training (see article below) they are advising that all trainers in clinical audit should possess a credible teaching qualification. CASC’s Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course was established in 2008 and is accredited by both the Open College Network and the Royal College of Nursing. The course has gained exceptional feedback from learners and those who attend are shown how to use the CASC’s Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit, also endorsed by HQIP. The next course will take place in Leicester on 7th March. For more details please contact info@clinicalauditsupport.com

National Updates


As usual there is much to report from a national perspective. We understand from recent meetings with HQIP that they are re-writing their ‘Standards and Curricula’ for clinical audit training and these will be available early in 2012. We also note that HQIP have announced that the National Continence Care Audit is being updated by the Royal College of Physicians. NCAAG minutes from September 2011 make fascinating reading and we would encourage you to review these by clicking here. NCAAG have announced that they plan to set up a number of new sub-groups looking at a range of issues, e.g. ‘enhancing the quality of national clinical audits’ and ‘enhancing the role of local clinical audit staff’. We also understand that plans for NCA by subscription have been finalised and further details and costing arrangements will be sent to Trusts very soon.

Book now for 2012 ‘CA and Improvement’ conference


Healthcare Conferences have released details for their Clinical Audit and Improvement conference that is taking place in London from 7-8 February 2012. The event is being chaired by Robin Burgess and includes a series of HQIP masterclasses looking at: Training and Educating Clinical Audit, Cross Sector Pathway Audit and Social Care Audit. Simon Bennett will be providing national updates from the Department of Health and HQIP clinical champions will be facilitating a number of sessions. The event will also feature presentations by local audit professionals that include: making cost savings though clinical audit and involving patients in clinical audit. The event is sponsored by HQIP and clinical audit staff who book onto the conference can gain a 30% discount on the current two-day NHS rate of £594. For more details of the event, please visit www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk

CASC’s ‘State of Clinical Audit’ report updated


In December 2010, the Clinical Audit Support Centre, in conjunction with SNAP surveys, conducted a survey of those with an interest in clinical audit. A total of 182 respondents completed the anonymous survey, 67% of who classified themselves as ‘clinical audit professionals’. The results of the survey provide a fantastic barometer of the state of clinical audit at the end of 2010 and data includes views on national clinical audit, the re-invigoration agenda, re-audit data and clinical audit resourcing. We would like to make you aware that the document has recently been updated to include concluding remarks from the Clinical Audit Support Centre. Click here to read the report.

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