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eNewsletter – Issue 34 – February 2012

NCAAG changes into NAGCAE and calls for ‘new vision’!

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From 1st January 2012 the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group changed its name to the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE). We understand that the main reason for the amendment occurred because the NCAAG name suggested that the group only had a role in national clinical audit. This is not the case as the group also have a responsibility for helping to reinvigorate local clinical audit. We would encourage all those with an interest in audit to read the NAGCAE minutes from December 2011 as these include news of some significant developments – not least those outlined on pages 7-9. NAGCAE are looking at a number of key areas for audit: focusing on improving the quality of national audits and looking at links between local and national audit. Within the minutes there is a call for a ‘new vision as to the role and responsibilities of audit staff in Trusts’. To read the latest minutes, click here.

National Audit Conference News

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The annual Clinical Audit and Improvement national conference took place from 7-8 February in London. The event was organised by HQIP and Healthcare Conferences UK and incorporated various presentations and eight masterclass sessions. Sadly the Department of Health keynote speech was cancelled at short notice, but HQIP CEO Robin Burgess delivered the opening address to delegates. Burgess informed delegates that ‘audit is more and more important’ and re-assured local audit professionals that HQIP understand the current pressures faced by local practitioners and their ongoing concerns regarding the quality of national clinical audits. HQIP used the event to announce a number of key developments, including a new consultation looking at the quality of national audits (see below), plans for an international audit event in London in April and their updated Curricula and Standards for clinical audit training. Further details are available via both Healthcare Conferences UK and HQIP websites.

New look CASC e-Journal now online

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CASC’s new look eJournal ‘Clinical Audit Today’ is now available. The latest issue focuses on national matters and the editorial looks at why 2012 will be a pivotal year for clinical audit in the UK. Experienced clinical auditor and NECAN Chairman, John Hignett has provided his views on why the expansion of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme may result in ‘losing the hearts and minds of frontline clinical audit professionals’ and the CASC Directors have published their practical 10 point plan for improving national clinical audit. The journal also includes updates on the work of NICE, HQIP and the National Audit Governance Group. To download your copy, please click here.

HQIP launch consultation on quality of NCAs

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Following an announcement by Robin Burgess [pictured] at the National Audit Conference on 6th February 2012, HQIP launched their consultation on its new ‘Principles of Quality in National Clinical Audit’ guidance. The 9-page publication is derived from work conducted by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality and sets out 8 principles for national audits and 45 attributes of effective national audits. Those with an interest in national clinical audit are invited to feedback comments to HQIP and those who wish to do so have until 7th March to take part. Ultimately this work will produce consensus markers and ground rules for judging national audit projects. Given the ongoing concerns raised over national audits by local professionals, we would encourage as many of you as possible to feed your comments back to HQIP. To access the relevant documents, please click here.

CASC’s online survey results are now available

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In December 2011, CASC conducted their annual online survey for the second time. The survey was supported by Snap Surveys and a total of 158 respondents with an interest in clinical audit took the time to participate. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who completed the survey. The draft results are now available and a full report is scheduled for the start of May 2012. The results of the survey provide an independent barometer of the current state of clinical audit in the UK and this year we have been able to compare findings with results from 2010. To read the e-postcard sent to all CASC members, please click here.

What are the key talking points in clinical audit?

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Following the keynote presentation by Robin Burgess at the recent Clinical Audit and Improvement conference in London on 7-8 February, members of the audience asked the following questions: can you clarify arrangements for subscription audit, why do national audits follow a completely different methodology from local hospital audits, where does the responsibility lie for action planning in relation to NCAs, are there any national audits planned for dentists, what is the thinking in including 58 audits in the Quality Accounts, how will data used in national audits be validated, why do some national audits produce initial reports after the re-audit has already begun? As you can see the majority of questions focused on national clinical audits.

CASC announce new training dates

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre recently announced a series of new training dates for their interactive courses. The Root Cause Masterclass will take place on 14th March and CASC will be running Advanced Clinical Audit on 13th June and Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit on 14th June. The Healthcare Leadership Day is scheduled for 20th June and we are also looking at the possibility of running a national event at the start of July. Full details of current training courses are available via the Training section on the CASC website. Click here to find out more.

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