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eNewsletter - Issue 44 - December 2012

HQIP re-commissioned to lead on clinical audit by the Department of Health


The Department of Health have announced that the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have been awarded two contracts that will allow them to build on work they have undertaken since 2008. The new three-year contracts that run until March 2016 will see HQIP continue to manage the NCAPOP and CORP, plus HQIP will support local clinical audit. There are a number of significant changes ahead: for example, HQIP will be responsible to the NHS Commissioning Board (not Department of Health), and Imperial College London’s Centre for Health Improvement and Research (CHIR) will now provide HQIP with support on improving national clinical audit methodologies. HQIP Chief Executive Robin Burgess (pictured) said ‘we are delighted that the Department of Health has recognised our plans for a strengthened, reenergized and truly integrated strategy for quality improvement, which will provide robust, accurate national results which naturally lead to local improvements’. For full details of the contract award, please click here.

Winners of Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year 2012 announced


The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s third annual junior doctor clinical audit awards event took place in Leicester on 22nd November 2012. The day featured keynote presentations from members of NICE, the Care Quality Commission and was ably chaired by Kate Godfrey (pictured, far right) from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. Junior doctors from across the British Isles attended the event with 40 clinical audit posters on display. The quality of the posters showcasing junior doctor audits was exceptional and the judging team faced a difficult task to choose the winners. Dr. Richard Williams and Andrew Hope were selected as the winners of the Martin Ferris Award for their ‘Night time emergency department secondment’ audit. First place in the Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year category was awarded to Dr. Gibson (pictured, centre) for her audit entitled ‘Falling rates or falling flat’. CASC would like to congratulate all junior doctors who were short-listed for the competition. More details from the event will be available soon.

Get ready for 3rd CASC annual audit survey


Clinical Audit Support Centre’s 3rd annual independent clinical audit survey will be available from 6th December to 24th December and we would like to encourage you to make relevant colleagues aware of this. The survey asks respondents for a range of views on local and national clinical audit and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The results of the survey are shared widely across the clinical audit community and have been referenced in important reports published by groups such as the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries. As always, respondents views are anonomised and the questions are the same as previous surveys so we will be able to compare results. We are delighted to announce that Formic Ltd have supplied the online survey. To take part, simply visit the CASC homepage between 6th to 24th December and follow the relevant links. We would like to thank all of you in advance who take time to share your views.

Would you rather work at Tesco’s?


The purpose of the Clinical Audit Tools website is to provide healthcare staff who need support in clinical audit with a variety of useful online tools and to stimulate helpful and interesting debate via the community section. With this in mind we would like to draw your attention to a new guest blog that has been sent to us by an experienced clinical auditor. You will see from reading the blog that the individual concerned is ‘rapidly losing faith’ and has identified a number of wider concerns as well as providing an insightful overview of the current frustrations and challenges facing an experienced clinical audit professional. Of course this is the view of one person but we have published the blog as we would never believe that the individual concerned (who is an extremely talented and dedicated clinical auditor) would get to feeling this way. We have kept the identity of the blogger private and encourage you to read the blog and share your views – whatever they are. In addition, if you wish to write an article for the wider clinical audit community, please contact us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com. To read ‘Would I be better off at Tesco’s?’ please click here.

‘New Year, New You’ – book now for accredited courses


We are delighted to announce details of accredited courses that we are offering to healthcare professionals in 2013. The date of our next Advanced Clinical Audit course has been confirmed as 12th March 2013 and we will be running Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 13th March. Learners can also join our clinical audit distance learning course at any point in the year and our online clinical audit course enables learners to plan a local audit project and quickly gain an accredited qualification for as little as £96 – click here for more details. Our Significant Event Audit Masterclass will assist doctors with meeting their revalidation requirements and our Root Cause Analysis Masterclass has been gaining great reviews during 2012. We deliver training on-site, online and via distance-learning so please contact us to discuss your training needs.

Useful resources for your attention


CASC are always on the look out for useful websites that may be of help to those working in audit and quality improvement. In recent weeks we have become aware of two very helpful resources. The first is provided by NICE and helps communicate the benefits of using their invaluable NHS Evidence website. To access the resources, click here. The General Medical Council recently published further guidance in relation to revalidation. This includes an excellent short guide entitled ‘Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation’. This document provides a clear overview of revalidation and includes the latest information relating to quality improvement activities (that include clinical audit). There are other useful revalidation guidance documents on the website, including ‘GMP framework for appraisal and revalidation’. To access the website, please click here.

MINAP publish 11th public report


Lucia Gavalova (MINAP Project Manager) recently contacted CASC and asked us to make subscribers to our monthly eNews aware that the latest report for the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project has been published and can be accessed by clicking here. Lucia is hoping to raise the report’s profile and make people aware that the latest report includes individual hospital, ambulance service and cardiac network performance data. MINAP has published annual reports since 2002 and has scored consistently well in CASC’s annual survey of clinical audit professionals – ranking second in ‘most effective national audit’ in both 2010 and 2011.

Happy Christmas and our festive opening times


All members of the CASC Team would like to wish our eNewsletter subscribers ‘Happy Christmas’ and best wishes for the New Year. 2012 has been an eventful year for those of us working in audit and we have seen some important developments: HQIP re-awarded the Department of Health tender, mandatory NCA’s and audits by subscription, the arrival of revalidation for doctors, etc. 2013 already looks like an interesting year with NAGCAE set to report on their plans for re-energising local audit in the Spring and the further extension of the NCAPOP to include 40 audits. For information, the CASC offices will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January 2013.

Book now for Healthcare Conferences Events


Healthcare Conferences UK would like to draw your attention to a number of events that they are running early in 2013. Their ‘Measuring and Monitoring Clinical Quality’ event will take place on 31st January 2013 and is chaired by Dr Nick Bishop (Senior Medical Advisor to the Care Quality Commission’). From 12-13 February 2013 Healthcare Events UK are joining forces with HQIP to organize the annual 'Clinical Audit for Improvement' conference. For more details of these and other events offered by Healthcare Conferences UK, visit www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk

Request your CASC information pack


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

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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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