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eNewsletter - Issue 47 - March 2013

The NAGCAE report on the future of audit staff in trusts is out


Following increasing concerns from local audit staff, NAGCAE began its consultation on the future of clinical audit staff in Trusts in 2012. This work included a round-table event at the start of last year followed by a consultation process where wider views were sought. A total of 66 responses to the consultation process were returned and NAGCAE have now published all responses plus a summary that analyses data received. Professor Nick Black (pictured) announced the findings of the consultation at the HQIP conference on 13th February. We understand that recommendations will be made in due course but for now we encourage audit staff to read the NAGCAE summary and make comments via the Clinical Audit Tools discussion board. Click here for more details.

CASC’s annual survey: report now available


Every year since 2010, CASC have conducted an independent online survey to help find out current views in relation to clinical audit. The most recent survey (supported by Formic Ltd) was carried out in December 2012 and we would like to thank all 137 respondents who kindly took time to give their views. The data from the survey has now been reviewed and the full report is available online. The report includes feedback on a range of important matters: resourcing for clinical audit, quality of national audits, patient involvement in audit, uptake and usefulness of clinical audit resources, etc. To download and read the report, please click here. If you would like to make comments on the findings of the report, please share your thoughts by clicking here.

News from the annual HQIP conference


This year’s national Clinical Audit for Improvement conference took place in London from 12-13 February and was jointly organised by HQIP and Healthcare Conferences UK. The event included the annual HQIP Clinical Audit Awards (see photo of Gold Award winners – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) and featured a number of keynote speakers including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Niall Dickson and Val Moore from NICE. Day 2 of the event featured Professor Black providing initial results of the NAGCAE consultation on the future of audit staff in trusts. Speaker presentations from the event are now available by clicking here.

New blog published: 50 shades of clinical audit


As part of the Clinical Audit Tools website the CASC team try to source and produce regular thought-provoking blogs that will be of interest to those that work in the field of clinical audit and quality improvement. With this in mind, a new blog has published entitled ’50 shades of clinical audit’ (by Stephen Ashmore). The blog takes a brief look at some current clinical audit grey areas, including sample sizing, RAG coding and targeted re-audit. To read the blog please click here. You can also add comments in response to what has been written and if you wish to submit a guest blog on a particular topic then please contact the CASC team.

100 and counting – CASC have now produced over 100 job bulletins


Since 2010 the Clinical Audit Support Centre have diligently scoured the NHS jobs website and other publications to provide a fortnightly bulletin featuring clinical audit vacancies. In February 2013 we clocked up our 100th issue of the bulletin and since starting this service in May 2009 we have now featured in excess of 450 vacancies. To read the latest job vacancy bulletin that includes two Band 8 jobs, click here. We are pleased to announce that once again in July we will be publishing our comprehensive annual ‘Clinical Audit Job Vacancies’ report. Further, it is encouraging to see that over the like-for-like eight-month period from 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, there have been 29 more job vacancies in clinical audit advertised (an increase of 48%).

Book now for accredited training


CASC have recently released further training dates for 2013. We are running Advanced Clinical Audit training in Leicester on 12th March and 19th June. The ever-popular Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit will take place in Leicester on 13th March and 20th June. We are also working in partnership with the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital to run the Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement one-day accredited course for staff from specialist orthopaedic hospitals in Oswestry on 4th June. If you would like further information on any of these one-day accredited courses, please contact the CASC team via (0116) 264 3411. If you are a busy clinician who requires training to assist you with undertaking a clinical audit project, then please take a look at our distance-learning course by clicking here.

NAGG minutes from December 2012 now online


The latest minutes for the National Audit Governance Group are now available online. NAGG serve as the ‘network of clinical audit networks’ and were established in 2000. The group meet quarterly in London to discuss key matters impacting on local clinical audit professionals and NAGG link with national bodies such as HQIP, NICE, the Department of Health, national clinical audit providers, etc. Minutes from the December NAGG meeting include feedback in relation to a letter sent by the CASC team in Autumn 2012 and you can read the minutes and post comments 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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