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eNewsletter - Issue 45 - January 2013

Initial results from CASC annual survey announced


The draft results for CASC’s third annual clinical audit survey have been released and we would like to thank all 137 respondents for taking part in the online survey supported by Formic. The key findings from the survey show an increase in respondents feeling ‘more positive’ about clinical audit than they did 12 months ago (up to 38.2% from 33.3%), and those rating National Clinical Audits as ‘excellent or good’ (up to 36.4% from 34.6%). Almost 87% felt that local audits are more effective at improving patient care (84% in the previous survey). The National Stroke Audit was voted ‘most effective NCA’ for the third consecutive year, with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding voted ‘least effective NCA’. A major concern was that 59% rated involvement of patients in clinical audit as ‘poor’ (just 6% rated it as ‘good’). However, there was a positive change in resourcing for clinical audit with 17% reporting they had ‘more resources for clinical audit’ (compared to just 10% in the previous survey). The full report will be available in mid-February. To read more draft headline results, click here.

NAGCAE minutes reveal important news for future NCAPOP funding


CASC would encourage all staff working in clinical audit to take a close look at the September 2012 NAGCAE minutes, now available on the Clinical Audit Tools website, click here. The NAGCAE minutes provide updates in relation to methodological design of national audits and the consultation on Audit in Trusts. The minutes also provide crucial news in relation to national audit with the following statement: ‘NAGCAE recognised that the current state of public finances meant that NCAPOP funds released by shifting nine to subscription funding (April 2012) would no longer be available for reinvestment in new NCAs (the main reason for NAGCAE recommending this policy in 2009). Unless additional funds are secured at the next Comprehensive Spending Review (from 2014-15), there will be no available funds to support new NCAs beyond the current commissioning round (due to be completed late 2013)’.

HQIP publish 2013/14 Quality Accounts list


On behalf of the Department of Health, HQIP have published the list of national clinical audits to be included in NHS providers 2013/14 Quality Accounts. Using HQIP's Quality Accounts Resource, providers can plan their programme of national audit participation for the next financial year, knowing which audits will need to be reported on. HQIP have added new features to the Quality Accounts Resource, including: unique codes for all NCAPOP audits, geographical coverage of audits and the care setting of audits. CASC encourage those eligible to submit their Quality Account every June to take a look at the resources HQIP have developed via this link.

International learner studies with CASC


We are delighted to announce that following on from the innovative work that CASC undertook in Ethiopia at the end of 2011, the CASC team recently had the pleasure of teaching Addisu Alemu (pictured second from the right) on both our Advanced Audit and Train the Trainer courses. Addisu is currently the Clinical Audit Facilitator at Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia. CASC granted him a free place on both courses and he will put his learning into practice when he returns home. Since CASC was launched in 2006 many learners have studied for our accredited courses but Addisu wins the award for travelling the greatest distance to visit Leicester!

Vote in our latest poll on revalidation


Since setting up the Clinical Audit Tools website in March 2012, our ‘Poll of the Month’ feature has proved very popular. The latest poll asks ‘In your opinion, will revalidation improve the quality of clinical audits undertaken?’ To cast your vote, simply click here. Previous polls have recorded fascinating results with 47% of respondents in the November 2012 poll reporting ‘I am convinced that our results from NCA’s are NOT accurate’ and 55% in the December 2012 poll stating that professionals working in clinical audit and quality improvement should possess an accredited national qualification. It takes just 10 seconds to vote in the poll and you don’t need to be a member of the Clinical Audit Tools website to take part.

New web-portal worth a look


CASC have been made aware of an excellent new quality improvement resource that has been made available via the NHS Institute for Quality and Improvement. Since its creation in 2010 over 50 doctors, nurses and those in non-clinical positions have completed 38 improvement projects. The new webpages include a selection of 13 pieces of transformational work completed by AIQS participants and feature projects such as: Asthma Pathways for Children, Reducing the use of Blood Products and Single Point of Access for Urgent Care. The posters are well worth a look and you can find out more by clicking here.

New Year, New You – a wide range of learning opportunities


One of the main changes that CASC have seen in recent times is the increase in high quality learning opportunities that exist for those working in clinical audit and quality improvement. CASC offer a range of accredited training and you can find out more about our courses for 2013 by clicking here. If you want to obtain a quick clinical audit qualification, please contact us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com. We would also like to draw your attention to the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Clinical Audit). This is available via Keele University and bursaries are funded by HQIP for students who enrol by the end of January. Find out more by clicking here. Healthcare Conferences UK also offer a wide range of one-day workshops and conferences. More details can be found by clicking here.

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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