10th issue of CASC's e-journal now available
The tenth issue of CASC's e-journal Clinical Audit Today is now available. The latest journal focuses on the work of the four finalists in CASC's Innovation in Clinical Audit awards. There are a series of accounts on how Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blood and Transplant, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mid-Cheshire Hospital have developed innovative approaches to raising the profile of clinical audit and enhance its effectiveness. In addition, the new journal includes details of ground-breaking clinical audit work carried out in Ethiopia. The editorial suggests why there are a few new reasons to celebrate the success of clinical audit, plus an update on recent CASC work. To read the latest journal and visit the library of previous e-journals, please click here.
Important news from NAGCAE
The National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) have announced that Jane Rippon (Assistant Director Patient Quality and Safety at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - pictured) has been appointed as the new clinical audit representative on the group. Jane follows in the footsteps of Martin Ferris and Dr Katherine Birch. In other NAGCAE news, the recent consultation on local clinical audit is now closed. Professor Black (NAGCAE Chair) has kindly informed CASC that the data from the consultation will now be analysed and findings reported at the NAGCAE meeting in December. Recommendations from the consultation will be released as soon as possible, but will not be before the Francis Inquiry has reported on 7th January 2013 (so as to ensure his findings are taken into account). To visit the NAGCAE website, click here.
Need support? CASC are here to help
CASC have just celebrated six years in business and we are increasingly being asked by teams (large and small) to assist them in a wide range of quality improvement initiatives. Of course our main focus is clinical audit and in addition to providing accredited training we also help carry out bespoke clinical audit projects for teams. So if you need assistance in audit design, data collection/analysis or writing reports, please let us know. In addition, our work has expanded beyond clinical audit and we now provide support in relation to CQC registration and compliance, a wide range of risk management approaches, plus independent management of healthcare projects and facilitation of bespoke patient surveys. If you would like further details of work we conduct, please contact us.
What is your approach to re-audit?
October's Poll of the Month on the Clinical Audit Tools website focuses on the important subject of re-audit. The poll invites users to describe which approach their organisation most commonly take towards re-audit and you are just a mouse click away from registering your vote. Recent polls have provided interesting feedback with 87.5% of voters in August stating that clinical audit had not been successfully re-invigorated. In addition to the new poll, debates on the discussion board continue to produce vibrant and intelligent opinion relevant to all with an interest in clinical audit. Please take a moment to read the recent comments and add your own thoughts. We are also delighted to announce that the Tools website passed a new milestone recently, with its 500th member joining since the resource was launched in March. To visit the website, visit www.clinicalaudittools.com
Gain online clinical audit accreditation
The Clinical Audit Tools website now enables those who want to obtain an accredited clinical audit qualification to do so online. As part of the learning section on the website, members can watch clinical audit lectures and then download and complete a short written paper that that assess their knowledge of clinical audit. Watching the lectures and filling out the relevant assignment will take approximately 3 hours and upon successful completion of the assignment learners will receive a level 2 qualification. The qualification has been assessed and accredited by the Open College Network (West Midlands Region) and will particularly suit healthcare staff who want to gain a better understanding of the subject and a qualification. To find out more, click here.
Finalists announced for junior doctor audit competition
CASC's Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year competition is now in its third year and finalists for this year's competition were announced on 21st September 2012. In total 86 entries were received and 44 have been selected by the judging panel to present their audits as part of the Finals Day event to be held in Leicester on 22nd November 2012. The standard of entries this year was high and only two research projects were submitted to the panel. The programme for the Finals Day event is under construction and confirmed speakers include: Danny Keenan (CQC) and members of the NICE Audit Team. We have also invited previous winners of the competition to present their clinical audit projects. The cost of attending the event is £125 plus VAT (£150) and further details are available via the CASC Team.
Status of 11 New NCAPOP audits updated
It has been widely reported that the NCAPOP is expanding in size from the current 29 national audits to 40. Procurement for five new NCAs is already well underway: COPD, the National Vascular Registry, Prostate Cancer, Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Emergency Laparotomy (contract awarded to the Royal College of Anaesthetists). Procurement for chronic kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis were announced at the start of September, leaving four more audits to be procured later in the year. For further details of the new 11 national audits that will be added to the 29 current NCAPOP projects, please click here.
CASC opt out of tender process
Many readers of this eNews will be aware that over the course of the summer the Department of Health re-tendered the national clinical audit contract (currently held by HQIP). CASC attended a series of meetings in relation to the re-tender and registered our interest as a potential supplier. We scrutinized the various documents (totaling almost 200 pages) in detail and raised a number of questions with the Department of Health. After detailed consideration of the documentation it became clear that CASC (as a small business) do not meet the inclusion criteria to bid for the tender and despite interesting approaches from a number of larger organisations we took the decision not to bid. For information, the tender closed on 17th September and DH intend to award the new contract in November.
Book now for CASC courses
CASC have recently announced a number of new dates for a range of forthcoming clinical audit training events. Our ever-popular Advanced Clinical Audit course is scheduled to take place on 4th December and this will include a number of new materials and teaching activities that we have developed in recent months. The accredited Train the Trainer Clinical Audit course will be held on 5th December and there is a discount for booking on both courses. Our new Commissioning Clinical Audit course with Martin Ferris is scheduled for 21st November. We have also updated our distance learning course and this will assist all healthcare staff who need to conduct a local clinical audit for personal development or revalidation purposes. Course flyers for all of our courses have recently been updated. Click here to access these via the Training section of the CASC website.
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