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eNewsletter - Issue 43 - November 2012

Book now for Junior Doctor Audit event

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The full programme for CASC’s Junior Doctor Clinical Audit conference featuring the third annual ‘Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year’ competition is now available. The event will include a number of keynote national speakers, including: Danny Keenan from NAGCAE (providing an update on revalidation), members of the NICE team (focusing on NHS Evidence and clinical audit) and staff from HQIP (providing general audit updates and guidance on the work they have commissioned in relation to junior doctors). Burton Hospitals will be explaining their award winning approach to engaging junior doctors in clinical audit and Barrister Kate Herbert will provide the final talk of the day prior to CASC announcing this year’s award winners. The cost of the event is just £120 plus VAT (£144) per delegate and we offer a 10% discount for group bookings. To see the flyer for the conference, please click here. Booking forms are available on request from the CASC team via (0116) 264 3411 or info@clinicalauditsupport.com.

No news on DH clinical audit tender

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As many of you will be aware, the Department of Health’s re-tender of the national programme for clinical audit (that includes Lot 1: Providing support for clinical audit in health and social care, and Lot 2: Management of NCAPOP and CORP) is well underway. This re-tender process formerly started with a ‘soft market-testing’ meeting in London on 25th June and as part of that meeting presenters set out the timeline of procurement activities. The deadline for tenders to be submitted was mid-September with the contract award decision scheduled for the end of October. We understand that the re-tender is the largest Department of Health tender in 2012 (worth up to £14 million). Sadly to date we have no news in terms of who has been short-listed for the respective tenders but we expect an announcement on who has been awarded the tender very soon.

Poll of the month reports worrying results

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CASC’s ‘Poll of the Month’ in October asked users of the Clinical Audit Tools website to provide details of the way that their organisation conduct clinical audit. A disappointing 48% reported that ‘we mostly don’t conduct re-audits’, 32% stated that ‘we mostly conduct conventional re-audits’ and 20% noted that ‘we mostly conduct targeted re-audits’. Results from the poll further highlight the ongoing problem of failure to re-audit. This issue has been reported in previous CASC online audit surveys and in 2011 57.8% of respondents stated that their re-audit rate was 40% or less. Meanwhile, the November ‘Poll of the Month’ is now active and asks for your views on the accuracy of national clinical audit data that is returned to your organisation. To register your vote, simply click here.

NCAPOP update: HQIP award two new projects to Royal College of Surgeons

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership recently announced that they have awarded the contracts for the new National Prostate Cancer Audit and the National Vascular Registry to the Royal College of Surgeons. The two are the latest pair of projects to be added to the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and are the third and fourth projects of the eleven new NCAPOP topics announced in October 2011. If you would like to find out more about the proposed Prostate Cancer Audit and/or the National Vascular Registry, please click here. Speaking in relation to the contract awards, HQIP National Clinical Audit Lead Helen Laing stated that both projects will ‘provide platforms for real change at local levels’.

NAGCAE 2011-12 annual report available

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NAGCAE’s 2011-12 eight-page annual report is now available via the Department of Health website. The report provides a clear update on the previous work of the group and sets out their plans for policies they intend to pursue over the coming year. The document specifies the four principal strategies that NAGCAE are following and sets out how the group advise the Department of Health in relation to clinical audit (e.g. identifying new National Clinical Audits (NCAs), renewing NCA funding, providing better methodological support to NCA suppliers, etc). The annual report also states that NAGCAE plan to enhance the position of audit staff in Trusts, enhance the quality of NCAs and encourage links between local and national audit. The report is definitely worth a read and can be downloaded by clicking here.

CASC’s annual audit survey is coming

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CASC are in the process of preparing for our third annual online survey of clinical audit professionals and healthcare staff with an interest in clinical audit. The results of the survey are used to produce our independent ‘state of clinical audit’ report and findings from the survey have previously been utilised by key groups such as the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries. This year’s survey will utilise the same data collection questions as 2010 and 2011, although we are also planning to add a couple of new questions to gain a better understanding of what is currently happening in the world of clinical audit. The provisional dates for the survey are 6th to 24th December. Further details of how to take part in the survey will be made available in the next e-News to be released at the start of December.

Details of new training course announced

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned to jointly deliver a new training course for staff working in Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance Hospitals with the clinical audit team at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. The accredited course is entitled ‘Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement in Orthopaedics’ and will teach learners to understand best practice in clinical audit and guide them to undertake effective audits. The course will be led by Mr Cormac Kelly (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) and teaching will include specific examples and case studies relevant to Orthopaedic Hospitals. To download the course flyer please click here.

Request your CASC information pack

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CASC have developed a series of promotional materials that provides you with more details of the work that we support. The wallet of information includes a set of inserts: Introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The materials provide a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals to improve the care that they deliver and there are a number of excellent case studies that show how our work has enabled organisations and teams to collaborate with us on ventures that have improved care, assured best practice and saved money. If you would like to receive your copy, please email your name and full postal address to info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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 month. 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 eNews 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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