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eNewsletter - Issue 48 - April 2013

HQIP announce Jane Ingham as their new interim CEO


The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) have recently announced that Jane Ingham (pictured) has been appointed interim CEO following the departure of Robin Burgess. Jane joins HQIP on a part-time basis while HQIP recruits a new permanent CEO. Jane will be continuing her ongoing role at the Royal College of Physicians as Director of its Clinical Standards Department. To read more in relation to Jane's appointment, click here. HQIP have also confirmed the ten clinical audits providing consultant-level data for publication as part of the NHS Commissioning Board's 'Everyone Counts' guidance. Click here to find out more.

April 2013: All change in the NHS!


Many of you will be aware that 1st April marked a significant day in the history of the NHS. A number of important changes have been implemented, perhaps most notably the abolition of 152 Primary Care Trusts and the formation of over 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Click here to see a map and full listings of all the new CCGs. There is also an excellent explanation of how CCGs will operate, plus details of recent changes to the structure of the NHS available via this link to the BBC website. There have also been a number of changes directly relevant to clinical audit professionals. For example, NICE has changed its name to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in order to reflect its new role and responsibilities. Meanwhile, the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) have a new online home via the GOV.UK website, click here.

CASC to present at national audit conference


CASC are delighted to announce that we have been asked to present the findings of our annual clinical audit survey at Healthcare Conferences ‘Clinical Audit for Quality Improvement – Delivering on the Francis Recommendations' event scheduled to take place in Manchester on 2nd July 2013. A representative from NAGCAE will chair the event and look closely at how clinical audit links to the recent Francis Report recommendations. Keynote speakers also include, Dr Ian Starke (Medical Director for Revalidation at the Royal College of Physicians), ex-NAGG member Chris Swonnell talking on ‘Clinical Audit for Board Assurance: what Non-Executive Directors want to know’ and Jean Schofield (Clinical Audit Development Manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals) speaking on ‘Demonstrating involvement, reflection and improvements based on National Clinical Audit’. To find out more about the conference, click here.

Gain an accredited clinical audit qualification


CASC offer a wide range of accredited clinical audit qualifications that will help clinical audit staff and healthcare professionals meet their personal and professional development requirements. If you have limited time and funds to pursue a course, then you may be interested in our online accreditation available via the Clinical Audit Tools website. Learners who study for this course watch two online lectures and complete a short assignment that takes no longer than 3 hours to complete and costs just £96. Click here to find out more on the online course. If you can spare a full day then you may be interested in our popular one-day Advanced Clinical Audit and Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit courses. These next take place in Leicester on 19th and 20th June respectively and more details are available on request via (0116) 264 3411 and/or info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Cast your vote in our new online poll


The new ‘Poll of the Quarter’ is now available via the Clinical Audit Tools website and over the course of April, May and June we are asking you to vote on the important matter of how clinical audit is currently being used. Results of the first poll of 2013 are now available and these show that 48% of respondents were ‘not sure’ if the introduction of revalidation will improve the quality of clinical audits undertaken. In the same poll, 39% reported ‘No, imposing audit [through revalidation] will not improve the quality of clinical audits’ but 13% reported that there will be a definite improvement. To take part in the poll, click here.

LPT and CASC clinical audit event proves great success


CASC are delighted to report that the Leicestershire Partnership Trust audit event on 21st March 2013 proved a huge success. The event was organised by the CASC team (in conjunction with the LPT clinical audit team) and featured a number of high profile national speakers: Professor Keenan (CQC and NAGCAE), Ema O’Neill-Jones (NICE), Anne Weist (NHS Evidence) and Kim Rezel and Margaret Hughes (both from HQIP). The day was chaired by Dr Khoosal (LPT Deputy Trust Medical Director) and also included a number of local speakers plus a poster competition showcasing current clinical audit projects. A key focus for the event was involving patients more effectively in clinical audit and with this in mind members of the LPT patient readers panel were on-hand to judge the poster competition. Feedback from delegates was also very positive with 100% of those completing the evaluation forms rating the conference as ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

Use it or lose it – please comment on the clinical audit Discussion Boards!


In March 2013, CASC launched the Clinical Audit Tools website. The response has been exceptional and in the first year we have welcomed and enlisted almost 800 members and the website ranked first as the most useful clinical audit resource in the annual December 2012 clinical audit survey. However, after a very promising start, the discussion board on the website has lost momentum. Very few posts have been recorded in 2013, which is especially surprising considering the release of key documents such as the Francis Report and the NAGCAE’s findings from their consultation on the future of clinical audit staff in local Trusts. It is interesting to note that there has been similar inactivity on the National Clinical Audit Forum, with no new topic discussions since December 2012. CASC would like to encourage you to access the Clinical Audit Tools discussion board (click here) and/or the National Clinical Audit Forum (click here) to share your views and ideas with other staff in the field. It is imperative that both resources are utilised and help create a vibrant clinical audit community, otherwise we fear that these places for discussion will be lost.

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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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

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