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eNewsletter - Issue 35 - March 2012

CASC's New Online Resource is coming!

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to announce initial details of our new online resource. The innovative new website will supplement the CASC website and is aimed at supporting clinical audit professionals and clinicians who are often expected to carry out clinical audit without support. The new website is highly interactive and features a range of tools that will help users determine if their project is an audit and if it is likely to be a success. The website focuses on learning and education and visitors will be able to watch educational podcasts and lectures. The website also features a range of interactive polls, quizzes and blogs. There is also an easy to use discussion board that enables members to discuss key issues and share tips and advice with others. The website is free to use although you will need to register in order to comment on the blog and discussion boards. Further information will be available very soon.

Clinical Audit features heavily in Sky News investigation!

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A Sky News investigation founded on requesting clinical audit reports from Trusts via the Freedom of Information Act has uncovered serious failings surrounding the security of medicines and controlled drugs in hospitals. In total Sky contacted 166 NHS acute trusts asking for a copy of their last medicines and controlled-drugs security audit. Interestingly only 94 audits were received and a high proportion of Trusts did not respond to Sky's FOI request. Results from audits obtained by Sky highlighted a number of concerns with audit results reporting that missing drugs could not be accounted for, key medicines were out of date, medicines were stored at incorrect temperatures and controlled drugs were often not stored securely. To read more and watch the Sky report, click here. For information, the Sky News report led to a letter being sent to all acute trusts by Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) requesting that all Trusts undertake an audit of the safe and secure handling of medicines by the 31st March 2012 and that results should then be returned to the Care Quality Commission. Click here to read the letter.

What do you think of HQIP?

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HQIP have announced that they are conducting their second stakeholder survey. Respondents are invited to rate HQIP on: national audit support, local audit support, communications support and other HQIP work. The survey was first conducted in 2010 and HQIP Chief Executive Robin Burgess stated 'my message is a simple one... your feedback is invaluable'. Respondents have until 26 March 2012 to complete the survey monkey powered stakeholder survey. To find out more and take part, please click here.

List of NCAs for 2012-3 Quality Accounts confirmed

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The Department of Health has confirmed the list of national clinical audits (NCAs) for inclusion in the 2012-13 Quality Accounts. The list is available from the HQIP website in both excel and word formats. A total of 51 national audits are included on the list, with a further 6 confidential enquiries. The HQIP website includes background details explaining how the list was compiled. There is information on stakeholders who were contacted by HQIP for their views on the list, but there is no information on what weighting was given to the relevant stakeholders views. To find out more, click here. The publication of the list has led to very lively discussions on the National Clinical Audit Forum and we would encourage those with an interest in this work to read and take part in the debate.

Most and least effective NCA's announced!

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CASC are continuing to work hard on analysing data received from our annual clinical audit survey carried out in December 2011 and we aim to have a full report available in the next few months. We have just completed analysing data relating to views on National Clinical Audits and this has revealed the following interim results. The top three most effective NCA's were unchanged in 2011 with Sentinel Stroke clearly beating MINAP in to 2nd place with National Falls and Bone Health in 3rd. In the 'least effective' category, the Continence Care Audit again received the most votes by a considerable margin, with the new Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Audit coming 2nd and The National Falls and Bone Health listing 3rd. Further details will be provided in the forthcoming report.

New podcast reviews opening session at CAI2012

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2012 is likely to be a pivotal year for clinical audit with Department of Health re-tendering their national contract (currently held by HQIP), and a decision on whether their should be a new professional body for clinical audit professionals now imminent. With this in mind, those working in clinical audit will be interested to hear more about presentations and discussions at the recent Clinical Audit and Improvement conference in London. CASC have created a short podcast (less than 5 minutes) that briefly notes the key points raised by Department of Health and HQIP. The podcast also noted the subsequent questions raised by audience members.

Junior Doctors CA of the Year 2012 launched

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CASC are delighted to announce that we are now seeking entries for our 3rd annual Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year competition. The competition formally opened on 1st March 2012 and entrants have until 31st July to submit their entries. The first two years of the competition proved a great success with over 100 entrants in both years. Once again finalists will be invited to present their audits at a Finals Day in Leicester in November that will include presentations from former winners. This year we are offering a number of prizes, including: overall winner of the competition (to be determined by a panel of clinical audit experts) plus the Martin Ferris Award for the poster that Martin selects as the best. We have created a document with more details and the abstract form for entries. Click here to download the entry form.

Independent National Clinical Audit Conference

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that on 4th July 2012 we intend to hold an independent national event looking at the current state of clinical audit. Full details of the event will be confirmed soon and Dr Katherine Birch (NAGCAE member and Audit Manager at Liverpool Women's Hospital) has agreed to chair the event. Keynote speakers will be Professor Nick Black from NAGCAE and Robin Burgess from HQIP. The day will focus on getting the balance right between local and national audit and we have a number of speakers from local audit teams to present on how they are meeting the increasing demands for audit support. There will be a debate looking at the quality of current National Clinical Audits, plus a number of workshops. The cost of the event will be just £100 plus VAT. Please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com to register your interest.

HQIP announce international summit

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HQIP have recently announced that they are collaborating with the European Society for Quality in Healthcare to run a European National Clinical Registries and Audit Summit in London on 26-27 April. HQIP CEO, Robin Burgess will chair the event which features keynote speakers from Sweden, Denmark, Spain and France. The first day kicks off with an evening networking reception and highlights of Day 2 include several presentations on clinical registers, the European COPD Audit and a closing plenary session focusing on 'Where next from here in European practice on registers?' If you are interested in finding out more on the summit, please click here.

New course dates announced

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CASC are running the popular Advanced Clinical Audit course on 13th June and our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course on 14th June. Please contact members of the team if you require further details. We are also in the process of re-vamping our distance-learning qualification and a new course guide will be available from April 2012. CASC have also established a portal for accredited online learning that will allow learners to watch online lectures and then complete relevant assignments. This will be available very soon and is designed to help those who are unable to attend central workshops to gain knowledge and accreditation in clinical audit via online learning. More details will appear in the next issue of the E News in April.

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 two months. 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 community 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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