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eNewsletter - Issue 56 - December 2013

4th online annual survey now available


We would like to announce that the fourth annual CASC clinical audit survey is now available. The first survey took place in December 2010 and aims to gain valuable feedback from those working in the field and/or from those with an interest in the subject. As always the survey is confidential, respondents are asked for no identifiable data and it takes less than ten minutes to complete. Questions focus on both local and national audit and look at important matters such as resourcing for clinical audit, patient involvement and re-audit activity. This year CASC have opted to conduct the survey via SurveyMonkey and this will remain open until 24th December 2013. Preliminary results will be published on the CASC website no later than 13th January 2014 with the full report made available in Spring 2014. To take part in the survey, click here.

Winners of CASC/HQIP QI and Audit Awards Named


70 delegates and finalists assembled at Devonshire Place in Leicester on 20th November for the Finals Day of HQIP and CASC’s junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement awards. The event featured 44 excellent posters submitted by junior doctors from across the United Kingdom. Seven prizes were awarded across the two separate clinical audit and quality improvement categories and the judging panel commended all entrants for their hard work and high standards. Martin Ferris awarded his audit prize to Drs. Wakefield and Osbourne for their ‘Verifying death, implementing a successful change in practice’. Drs. Evans, Evans and Armstrong were awarded first prize overall in the clinical audit category for their ‘Don’t be a clot – VTE prophylaxis’ audit. Winners of the inaugural quality improvement competition were a team from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland made up of Drs. Wilson and Carson, D. Lyons (Clinical Risk Adviser) and L.Palmer (Haemovigilance Practitioner) for their project entitled ‘Improving the Identity Checklist of Theatre Specimens’. Click here to access the Roll of Honour. Posters and further feedback from the event will be available very soon.

Meeting Berwick’s expectations: sign up for a CASC patient safety course


As part of his report ‘Improving the Safety of Patients in England’ Don Berwick (pictured) stated the “mastery of quality and patient safety sciences and practices should be part of the initial preparation and lifelong education of all healthcare professionals, including managers and executives”. With this in mind, CASC would encourage staff to consider accessing the remaining two Significant Event Audit training sessions that we are running in conjunction with HQIP. Free workshop places are available for forthcoming training in York and Leicester and you can book your place by clicking here. In addition, those wanting to work towards meeting Berwick’s expectations may wish to consider CASC’s Root Cause Analysis Masterclass that next takes place in Leicester on 20th March 2014.

New SEA resources and future plans unveiled


In partnership with HQIP, CASC have now delivered five significant event audit workshops for primary care staff. Feedback from attendees has been excellent with many GP’s stating that the content and materials will assist them in meeting their ongoing revalidation requirements. CASC consider that feedback and discussions from the events merit the setting up of a new significant event audit journal. With this in mind, CASC plan to work in collaboration with attendees from the first five training sessions and members of the HQIP team to develop articles for the first publication. It is hoped that this will be available at some point in Spring 2014. Meanwhile, CASC have added a new ‘Significant Event Audit’ section to their website and this features definitions, key information about the process and links to relevant documents. If you would like to contribute to the forthcoming SEA journal then please contact the CASC team. To access the new SEA section on the website, click here.

North and South: CASC feature at two fantastic local QI events


CASC were delighted to run a series of workshops as part of two local quality improvement events held in November. The first (pictured) took place at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust on 8th November and focused on the importance of clinical audit and wider QI. Speakers from CASC, HQIP and NICE addressed delegates and the day included a poster competition. CASC were also invited to speak at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘QI Event 2013’ that featured Professor Danny Keenan and Dick Moore. The day incorporated an excellent mix of keynote presentations and interactive workshops, plus the quality improvement awards. At both events the CASC team showcased the HUGG model, which was viewed very positively by attendees. CASC also helped local staff focus on their CQC obligations and showcased a short training session on how to create run charts using data from the current series of Strictly Come Dancing!

Everyone needs a HUGG: CASC’s new tool for clinical audit and QI


It appears to have escaped the attention of many staff working in the NHS but when addressing the Kings Fund earlier this year, Robert Francis QC openly stated that he does not like action plans! Indeed, Francis noted that many healthcare action plans focus on the plan element but do not result in key actions being put into place. With this in mind, CASC have recently started to encourage healthcare teams to adopt the HUGG model rather than traditional action plans as we consider HUGGs inspire staff and provide them with a flexible framework for implementing actions. HUGGs stand for Huge Unbelievably Great Goals and our experience is that healthcare teams who adopt the HUGG model find the approach simple, inclusive and aspirational. We will provide further information in coming months of how our HUGG trials with a range of healthcare teams are progressing. If you would like more information on the HUGG model then please contact the CASC team.

New year = new job?


If you like the thought of starting 2014 in a different role then please take a look at the latest CASC jobs bulletin which features a number of current clinical audit vacancies. The bulletin is published approximately every two weeks and has now reached issue number 127! Further, we would like to draw your attention the fact that HQIP are currently advertising for a new NCAPOP Operations Manager. This is a key post in the work that HQIP undertake with responsibility for managing the growing portfolio of 30 national audits and a salary of circa £65,000. Full details of this position 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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