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eNewsletter - Issue 40 - August 2012

Clinical audit re-tender details published

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After widespread interest and discussion, Clinical Audit Support Centre can reveal that the formal re-tender documents for the national and local clinical audit contract have been released by Department of Health. The OJEU notice was published on 24th July 2012, a full two weeks behind the initial time schedules suggested at national meetings in June 2012. This means prospective bidders now have only a few weeks until the 17th September deadline. As expected, the contract is split into two lots: Lot 1 - providing support for clinical audit in health and social care, and Lot 2 - management of national clinical audit and patient outcomes programme and the clinical outcomes review programme. CASC will be observing the bidding process and we will make those with an interest in clinical audit aware of the relevant documentation that is published in forthcoming weeks. To find out more details relating to the clinical audit re-tender, please click here..

Burton Hospitals win first CASC Innovations Award

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On 4th July, CASC held their fourth national conference in Leicester. The day featured the first-ever CASC Clinical Audit Innovation Awards and audience members were given the opportunity to award points to presentations by Central Manchester University Hospitals, Mid-Cheshire Hospitals, Burton Hospitals Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant. All presentations focused on interesting and innovative approaches to enhancing clinical audit with Burton Hospitals (55 points) narrowly beating NHS Blood and Transplant (46 points). In addition to the competition, all finalists are now submitting 500 word articles on the work that they have carried out and this information will be shared widely via the next issue of CASC's online journal, Clinical Audit Today. The above photo shows Dr Choules, Gaynor Smith and other members from Burton Hospitals.

Observe keynote presentations from CASC conference

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CASC's conference on 4th July featured three national keynote presentations from Simon Bennett (Department of Health), Professor Nick Black (NAGCAE) and Robin Burgess (HQIP). As far as we are aware this is the first time that representatives from the three key organisations charged with re-invigorating clinical audit have spoken at the same national event. The presentations featured important messages for the wider clinical audit community, including: Department of Health's views on why clinical audit is important, NAGCAE's explanation of why they have conducted an enquiry into the state of local clinical audit and details of their current consultation, plus an outline of HQIP's work programme until March 2013. All members of the Clinical Audit Tools website can view the slidesets and listen to the speakers via the Clinical Audit Tools website by clicking here and following the relevant instructions.

Clinical Audit Tools website scales new heights!

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Since launching the Clinical Audit Tools website in March 2012, the response has been exceptional and 400 members are now actively using the resource. The discussion board has proved a popular section of the new website and to date 36 discussions have been started and 127 replies have been listed. Discussions are vibrant, interesting and intelligent and users are focusing on a mix of key national issues and local matters that affect those working in clinical audit at a grass roots level. The resource is also transparent and users can logon to the 'more statistics' section to see how many times discussion items have been read and view how many users are actively utilising the resource at any one time. The website poll for August looks at the key subject of whether clinical audit has been reinvigorated and we would also welcome you to take part in the new debate on the discussion board which asks members to tell us how they would personally change clinical audit if they held ultimate responsibility for it. Click here to access the website.

Take part in the vital NAGCAE consultation

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As many of you will be aware, the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (who advise the Department of Health on clinical audit strategy) have become increasingly concerned over recent years in relation to local clinical audit. This led to a roundtable discussion of key stakeholders in April 2012 plus wider discussions with Trust CEOs. NAGCAE view that the current arrangements for local clinical audit are both 'unsatisfactory and unsustainable'. As a result, NAGCAE have produced a consultation document on the future of clinical audit staff in Trusts. You can read more and take part in the consultation by clicking here. You can also listen to Professor Black (NAGCAE Chair and pictured) talk about the consultation by clicking here and following the relevant instructions. CASC encourage all those with an interest in clinical audit to familiarise themselves with the NAGCAE proposals and take part in the wider consultation.

Junior Doctor Audit Competition deadline extended

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CASC would like to take this opportunity to inform all interested parties that we have taken the decision to extend the deadline for our 2012 'Junior Doctors Clinical Audit of the Year' competition until 31st August 2012. In previous years the competition has proved an extremely popular event, with over 100 entries received in both 2010 and 2011. However, to date this year we have received less than 20 entries and we are slightly flummoxed as to why this is the case! We are concerned that many junior doctors are not aware of the current competition and as a result we have decided to extend the deadline from 31st July until 31st August. If you work in a local clinical audit team or with junior doctors, please make them aware of the competition and encourage them to submit entries. Full details of how to enter are available by clicking here.

Book now for Healthcare Events UK/HQIP joint conference

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Healthcare Conferences UK would like to announce details of their annual clinical audit conference for February 2013. This event is an established part of the clinical audit landscape and the 2013 Healthcare Events conference incorporates the annual HQIP conference and the HQIP clinical audit awards. The two-day event will be chaired by HQIP CEO Robin Burgess and HQIP staff will be facilitating sessions and workshops on: partnership working, clinical audit for patient safety, public involvement in clinical audit, writing a clinical audit report, sustained improvement, supporting junior doctors, etc. The conference keynote speaker is Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and delegates will have the chance to see the finalists of the HQIP Clinical Audit Awards present their work orally. The two-day conference also features over 40 local clinical audit practitioners and HQIP are sponsoring the delegate rate for clinical audit managers and facilitators (£120 per person). The event takes place at Hallam Conference Centre in London from 12-13 February 2013 and you can find out more and book your place by clicking here.

HQIP publish 'Principles for quality in National Clinical Audit'

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Following years of ongoing debate and discussion with regard to the value and quality of national clinical audit projects, HQIP recently published their 'Principles of quality in national clinical audit' guidance document. The guidance is derived from a validated Australian original, produced by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. HQIP's guidance has been published following three rounds of consultation plus wider discussion at HQIP's European Summit meeting in April 2012. The purpose of the guidance is to 'attempt to set out the characteristics or principles of quality in national clinical audit based on agreement and consensus'. HQIP CEO Robin Burgess (pictured) commented 'we believe we have a robust document that offers a solid consensus framework with which to measure national clinical audit quality'. To read the guidance, click here.

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