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eNewsletter - Issue 46 - February 2013

CASC launch our new interim audit support service


On 1st February, CASC formally launched their new interim clinical audit support service. The service is aimed at helping teams and organisations that need short-term clinical audit support. This may be to assist with a staff vacancy/maternity leave, provide support on a time-limited project (such as a local or national audit), assist in conducting independent work (that may be requested by a local commissioner or national body such as the CQC), etc. If you need support, guidance, training or expertise in clinical audit and wider quality improvement techniques please contact the CASC team. We also hold longer-term service-level agreements with NHS teams that benefit from our guidance and expertise and who find this approach ensures continuity and a cost effective solution. To find out more please click here.

Two key reports for clinical audit professionals


Clinical audit and quality improvement staff will be eager to read the recommendations from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report published today. The report was announced in June 2010 and has proved a complex and challenging task. The inquiry has heard from many healthcare professionals, including HQIP CEO, Robin Burgess. Indeed, it is worth reading the HQIP CEO blog from 9th January 2013 (click here) that looked ahead to the report publication and in which Mr. Burgess states ‘clinical audit will help prevent cultures like Mid Staffs happening again’. From CASC's perspective it is vital to learn from the Francis Report and therefore we have set up a Clinical Audit Tools discussion board that provides a link to the report and enables interested parties to comment. We also look forward to the publication of the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries report looking at the ‘Future of Audit Staff in Trusts’. This report will focus on a consultation process that NAGCAE started in July 2012. The CASC website will feature key findings for the clinical audit community once they have been made public.

Take the CASC patient survey challenge!


CASC possess considerable expertise in creating bespoke surveys and questionnaires for a wide range of healthcare teams. CASC have experience of running large-scale surveys and can add value by offering an independent and confidential data collection and reporting service. We work with all sizes of organisations from small GP practices to large Trusts to assist them with their survey work. We believe that we provide a fast, confidential, high quality and cost effective service. If you need to undertake a patient survey then please contact us to take our patient survey challenge. We guarantee that our costs will be lower than other providers who offer a similar service. To find out more please click here.

CASC annual survey: report set for release


The full report for CASC’s annual clinical audit survey will be released at the Clinical Audit for Improvement conference taking place in London from 12-13 February. Over 130 respondents completed the survey and the final report will provide full details of the results, including appendicies with all qualitative comments listed. The data obtained in December 2012 will also be compared with results from 2010 and 2011 to enable readers to gain an overview of the current ‘direction of travel’ for clinical audit. Key findings will show that resourcing for clinical audit continues to be a major concern, local audit is increasingly viewed as more effective than national audit in terms of improving patient care and the feedback on the feedback on the quality of national clinical audits continue to see little change. The report will be available on the CASC website from 15th February.

Presentation Builder added to Tools website


The Clinical Audit Support Centre have added a Presentation Builder to their Clinical Audit Tools website. The Presentation Builder is quick and simple to use and provides a series of powerpoint templates that users can adapt to create their own clinical audit presentations. We hope that the Presentation Builder will encourage those who conduct clinical audits to feedback their work to the widest audience possible. The Presentation Builder is free but we ask those who use it to acknowledge CASC for creating this resource. We have also provided a sample PDF presentation to show how the Presentation Builder can be used to report local clinical audit projects. To access the Presentation Builder, click here.

Meet the CASC team at the national conference


The Clinical Audit Support Centre team will be exhibiting at the annual Clinical Audit for Improvement conference taking place in London from 12-13 February. This year’s event is a joint conference between Healthcare Conference UK and the HQIP. Once again the conference will be chaired by HQIP CEO Robin Burgess and there is a line-up of excellent speakers, including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Niall Dickson and Nick Black. We are also delighted to see the CASC 2012 Innovation Award winners Gaynor Smith and Dr Anthony Choules presenting their work on training and education. For the first time, the conference will also include presentations from HQIP Clinical Audit Awards finalists, plus the HQIP Awards ceremony. Please visit the CASC Team in the Hallam Cafe.

Do you need training in Root Cause Analysis?


Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is an established risk management technique that is used by non-healthcare and healthcare organisations alike to ensure that lessons are learned from errors and mistakes. During the last decade the National Patient Safety Agency encouraged healthcare teams to familiarize themselves with the RCA process and it is now more popular then ever with the likes of the CQC expecting healthcare teams to establish robust processes that ensure patient safety. CASC’s one-day RCA training provides learners with a step-by-step guide on how to effectively utilise the technique and is delivered by Louise Hazelwood, an experienced Clinical Governance Manager and counsellor. This training can be delivered onsite and is available in accredited or non-accredited formats. We also run regular courses in Leicester. For more information read the flyer by clicking here or contacting us on (0116) 264 3411.

NAGCAE minutes from December 2012 now available


The Clinical Audit Support Centre support the work of both the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) and the National Audit Governance Group (NAGG) and with this in mind we now make minutes from each group available via the discussion board of our Clinical Audit Tools website. There is now a complete set of NAGCAE minutes from 2012 available for you to read and comment upon. The most recent NAGCAE minutes from December 2012 provide an update on the status of NAGCAE’s recent consultation looking at the future of clinical audit staff in Trusts, a Department of Health update in relation to the national contract award to HQIP, plus brief details of the planned change for responsibility for clinical audit (from Department of Health to the Commissioning Board in April 2013). To read the minutes and make comments, please click here.

CASC accredited training dates for 2013


The CASC team would like to make you aware of plans for our Leicester-based accredited courses scheduled for 2013. Our popular Advanced Clinical Audit course will take place on 12th March and 19th June. Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit will take place on 13th March and 20th June. We are also planning on holding our Significant Event Audit Masterclass on 14th March. In addition to these courses, learners can join our distance-learning course (ideal for medics wanting to meet their revalidation requirements) at any time. We also offer a short accredited online course that takes less than 4 hours to complete via the Clinical Audit Tools website - click here for more details. Please be aware that we also deliver onsite training at a discounted cost and more details can be obtained upon request.

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

Tell your friends/colleagues about our E Newsletter


Since we launched our E Newsletter in February 2007 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up! The E News is free and delivered direct to your email account every month. The newsletter provides you with a mix of CASC-related and other clinical audit news to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of clinical audit. Don't forget, if you have missed a previous issue of E News please visit the eNews section of our website where all previous issues are archived. Please email to sign up for your copy: info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Training Courses:
Advanced Clinical Audit
Train the Trainer in Audit
Clinical Audit Skills Distance Learning Course
Commissioning Clinical Audit
Significant Event Audit Masterclass
Root Cause Analysis Masterclass
Healthcare Leadership Day

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