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eNewsletter - Issue 54 - October 2013

Clinical Audit Awareness Week is here!


As part of the build-up to their annual conference to be held in Nottingham on 14-15 October, HQIP have announced plans for their Clinical Audit Awareness Week. The awareness week is running from 7-11 October and will include daily 30 minute webinars from 1pm to 1.30pm on a range of topics and evening twitter chats from 7pm to 7.30pm. In addition, HQIP have created a pledge wall on NCAF where they invite those involved in clinical audit to make a commitment to do one thing to help drive better care via clinical audit. HQIP are also encouraging local audit teams to hold ‘Audit Tea Breaks’ for staff during the week and have produced a resource pack of materials. To find out more, click here.

Join us at the HQIP conference!


CASC are delighted to announce that we will be delivering a workshop at the HQIP conference in Nottingham on 15th October. The two-day conference takes place from 14th to 15th October and we understand that there are still a small number of places available. The CASC team will be delivering a fun and interactive series of workshops looking at new activities that will form part of the updated edition of our Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit (scheduled to be released later in 2013). To find our more about the CASC workshop and the HQIP conference, click here.

CASC release latest audit job vacancies report


Every year the CASC team analyse all of the clinical audit jobs data that we have collected via our bi-monthly Clinical Audit Jobs bulletin. The data is then placed in a report and we are pleased to announce that our 2013 Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report is now available. The great news is that after two years of disappointing data figures for July 2012 to June 2013 identify a number of promising trends. For the first time since 2009-10 the number of audit vacancies reported on NHS jobs website has increased and in 2012-3 a total of 11 Band 8 clinical audit vacancies were advertised (more than 2009-12 inclusive). The report notes that the proportion of clinical audit vacancies offered on a temporary basis has risen steeply from 18.5% in 2009-10 to 37% in 2012-13. To read the report in full, click here.

Junior Doctor audit and QI conference taking shape


CASC are pleased to announce that over 70 entries were received for our 2013 junior doctors clinical audit and quality improvement competition. Over the month of September, experienced clinical audit and governance professionals from CASC and HQIP have been judging all the abstracts and all entrants will find out if they have been invited to the Finals Day by 8th October. Plans for the Finals Day event to be held in Leicester on 20th November are already well underway and we confirm that keynote speakers from HQIP and NICE will be present, plus award winning junior doctors from last year’s event. Keep looking at the CASC and HQIP websites in October for further details.

A warm welcome to Jane Ingham: new HQIP CEO


On 13th September, HQIP announced the appointment of their new permanent CEO, Jane Ingham. Jane took on the role of Interim CEO following the departure of Robin Burgess in Spring 2013 and her permanent appointment has now been confirmed. Jane previously worked for the Royal College of Physicians as Director of its Clinical Standards Department and she brings a wealth of experience in healthcare quality improvement to her new position. CASC welcome Jane to her post and doubtless clinical audit and QI professionals will wish her every success in the future. For more details of Jane’s appointment, click here.

We need your help!


As many of you will be aware, every December CASC conduct what has become known as our ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey. The main purpose of the survey is to gain feedback from those with an interest and role in clinical audit in terms of their thinking in relation to the key issues of the day. The survey looks at views on national and local audits, focuses on patient involvement in clinical audit and examines whether resources are being made available to conduct clinical audit activities. As the survey is now approaching its fourth year, the CASC team would like to give others the opportunity to help shape the December 2013 survey. With this in mind we have created a discussion thread on the Clinical Audit Tools website and so if you have an idea for a question then please provide further details by clicking here.

What can audit learn from top chefs and bakers?


As mentioned earlier in this eNews, 7th to 11th October is Clinical Audit Awareness Week and HQIP are encouraging clinical audit teams to hold a clinical audit tea break. This has led to fun discussions via the National Clinical Audit Forum that have included a variety of ideas and suggestions (including cake recipes) for how to enhance your audit tea break. To add to the fun, the CASC Directors have produced a short film called ‘CASC’s recipe for effective clinical audit’. The 15-minute film features clinical audit advice from top chefs and bakers. Please take a look – we always try to teach clinical audit in an innovative and interesting way and we hope that you find the film entertaining and thought provoking! Click here to watch the film.

NAGG regenerates into NQICAN!


CASC can confirm that at their September meeting NAGG took the decision to rename themselves as the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (pronounced N-QI-CAN). As reported previously by CASC, NAGG/NQICAN have a new Chair (Kat Young) and have collectively been reviewing their purpose and objectives in recent months. NAGG/NQICAN now have a section on the NHS England website and are producing quarterly presentations to keep clinical audit and quality improvement staff abreast of their activities and future plans. NAGG/NQICAN’s Chair, General Secretary and Communications Officer will be presenting to delegates attending the forthcoming HQIP conference. To view the latest NAGG/NQICAN presentation, click 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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