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eNewsletter - Issue 38 - June 2012

Professor Black set to reveal new strategy at CASC conference


There is just over one month to go before CASC's annual clinical audit event, taking place in Leicester on the 4th July. The highlight of the day will be Professor Black (NAGCAE Chair and pictured) presenting his new vision for clinical audit in Trusts and the day will also include an interactive session where delegates will be able to give their views on how clinical audit should be re-invigorated. Keynote speakers from the Department of Health and HQIP will also be in attendance, along with Mr Danny Keenan providing guidance in relation to revalidation and the CQC. The day will also feature local audit staff giving their views on current workloads and national audit arrangements, plus CASC's first-ever Clinical Audit Innovation Awards. We still have places at the event for just £100 plus VAT. Click here for more details and email info@clinicalauditsupport.com to gain a booking form.

Time running out to enter for Junior Doctor Audit of the Year competition


Time is running out for junior doctors who would like to submit their audit projects to be considered for CASC's third annual 'Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year' competition. The closing date for submissions is 31st July 2012 and we encourage audit and governance staff to advise local junior doctors to send their entries in. The competition has proved a great success over the last two years and we have had over 100 entries in both 2010 and 2011. This year we are offering four awards, cash prizes to winners, the chance to present winning audits at a national event and guaranteed publication in the Clinical Audit Today journal. More details on how to enter the competition can be downloaded by clicking here.

NECAN set up private discussion board on Clinical Audit Tools website


CASC's Clinical Audit Tools website is nearly three months old and we are delighted to announce that members of the North East Clinical Audit Network (NECAN) and their sister clinicians audit network (NEECLAN) have set up a private members area on the discussion board. The new North East tab is only open to NECAN and NEECLAN members and this provides them with the facility to share documents and discuss key issues in private. If other regional networks or professional bodies are interested in exploring this option please contact the Clinical Audit Support Centre team.

CASC's poll of the month registers a resounding "No" vote to suggestions for a name change


As CASC have previously reported, a number of attendees at the NAGCAE roundtable event held in London in April suggested that the term 'clinical audit' should be changed to 'healthcare quality improvement'. This debate was previously held at national meetings in 2007 and in order to garner opinions from the audit community, CASC asked for views on this matter via the Clinical Audit Tools website. The results show that of 53 respondents 83% stated that they felt the name 'clinical audit' should be retained. The latest poll is now available and you are now invited to give your opinion on whether registries should sit alongside clinical audit and be part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme. Click here to vote.

Win a free place at the CASC conference on 4th July


During May CASC held a competition to encourage further use of our new Discussion Board available on the Clinical Audit Tools website. We are delighted to announce that the 25 prize will be shared by Claire Bowler and Marina Otley for their posts on 'Ideas for audits' and 'Barriers to successful audit'. The discussion board is proving a popular resource and there are a wide range of debates to give your views on, including: subscription costs for national audits, most and least effective national audits, patient involvement in clinical audit, etc. We will be continuing competitions to encourage use of the site and with this in mind we will be offering a free place at our conference on 4th July to the member who places our favourite comment on the discussion board between now and 20th June. Click here for more details.

HQIP unveil their new draft business plan


HQIP have recently published an 18-page document that sets out their future plans. Entitled 'Audit Re-invigoration Contract' the resource outlines HQIP's plans for the final year of their five-year contract. The plan is split into four sections: management of national projects, secretariat to NAGCAE, stakeholder engagement and re-invigoration of national and local audit. The document outlines HQIP's plans to at least April 2013 (when they will hold a conference for national audit leads) and we advise that all those with an interest in clinical audit familiarise themselves with this document. You can download the Business Plan by clicking here.

CASC attend excellent local events


The Directors of the Clinical Audit Support Centre were delighted to attend two recent events in the North West of the country that truly showcased excellent practice being carried out at a local level in clinical audit. The Clinical Audit and Risk Management Fair is an established event that took place over two days. The event is organised by Central Manchester University Hospitals and a truly staggering 140+ clinical audit posters were entered into their clinical audit competition. The event also incorporated a well-attended series of lectures on Day 2. CASC also attended the Orthopaedic International Clinical Audit Network event in Oswestry. This featured a range of excellent local and national speakers. Both Yvonne Murray (at MUHT) and Mr Cormac Kelly (OICAN) should be commended for running such superb events.

No news on the national clinical audit re-tender


As many of you are doubtless aware the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership's contract to run the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme and local audit support role ends on 31st March 2013. However, despite a number of recent online surveys and letters requesting feedback and guidance, Department of Health have yet to release any details of the tender process for the new contract. This is concerning given that there are now less than ten months before HQIP's current contract comes to an end. CASC have heard indirectly that initial information may be released in June 2012, but more details of timelines and what the new contract will include are vital for a robust bidding process. As soon as CASC know more details on the re-tender we will report them in future e Newsletters.

Meet CASC at forthcoming national and regional events


CASC are disappointed to announce that the webinar planned for 8th June has been cancelled. This is due to lack of interest. In more positive news, we are delighted to announce that over the next few weeks we will be attending a number of national and local meetings to report on the findings of our 'State of Clinical Audit' report. In mid-June we will be attending the NAGG meeting in London and in June we will also be attending the CASNET regional meeting (East Midlands Network) and SWANS (South West Audit Network). We have also been invited to present at the YEARN meeting in Harrogate on 12th July. As part of our attendance at each event we will also be showcasing the capabilities of the Clinical Audit Tools website.

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