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eNewsletter - Issue 53 - September 2013

Junior doctor competitions: deadline extended


There has been an excellent response rate to our 2013 Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year competition. However, a number of juniors have contacted us noting that the submission deadline of 1st September falls in the middle of the summer holiday period and therefore requested that we extend the deadline. With this in mind, we have agreed with HQIP (our partners in this endeavor) to extend the submission deadline until midnight on 23rd September. No entries will be received after this deadline and we ensure that all entrants will have feedback on their submissions by the end of September. If you know of junior doctors who wish to submit their quality improvement and/or clinical audit projects please make them aware that the deadline has been extended by 3 weeks. In the meantime, CASC and HQIP are planning details of the Final Day conference scheduled to take place on 20th November in Leicester and further information will be available soon. Full details of the competition are available by clicking here.

Take part in HQIP's Clinical Audit Awareness Week


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 scheduled for 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.

Most clinical audit does not work – do you agree?


Activity on the Clinical Audit Tools discussion board has started to gather momentum during August and there are a number of items well worth taking a look at and commenting on. A twitter quote from a doctor suggesting ‘most clinical audit does not work’ has led to a number of positive replies from clinical audit professionals and we encourage more of you to explain why audit does make a difference. Equally, a post asking ‘what is the collective noun for a group of clinical auditors’ has led to some interesting and amusing responses from doctors and audit professionals alike. Please take a moment to give your opinion. Access the discussion board by clicking here.

Professor Black's CQO recommendations published


Many of you working in clinical audit will be aware of the work carried out by NAGCAE in 2012 focusing on the future of clinical audit staff in Trusts. As CASC have previously reported the recommendations from the NAGCAE study were released earlier in 2013 and are available via the NHS England Clinical Audit webpage. Professor Nick Black (Chair of NAGCAE) has asked CASC to inform staff working in clinical audit and quality improvement of his recent paper putting forward the case for a Chief Quality Officer (CQO) in Trusts. The paper links to recommendations from the work NAGCAE carried out in 2012 but the paper represents Professor Black's personal view. To read the paper, click here.

CASC launch accredited training for social care staff


CASC have teamed up with Healthcare Conferences UK to develop a one-day accredited clinical audit course aimed specifically at social care professionals. Although clinical audit is a relatively new discipline for care home staff and others working in various social care settings, this course will provide learners with all the required knowledge and skills to set up effective clinical audit projects at a local-level. The course will also provide learners with an opportunity to create social care audits that CASC will then develop into practical shared tools for attendees. The course is accredited via the West Midlands Region Open College Network and all learners will be able to gain the relevant qualification. Click here for more details.

Train the trainer course offered at discounted rate


CASC are delighted to announce that we have been asked by HQIP to update our popular Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit. With this in mind, we plan to review and update all content of our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course in Autumn 2013 and make sure that content links to the updated resource. As a result, the Train the Trainer course will be running in its current format for the final time on 18th September in Leicester. Many clinical audit staff have accessed the course and found it beneficial and we are reducing the cost of the final course from £250 plus VAT to just £150 plus VAT. Attendees will receive a copy of the current teaching toolkit and can also gain a valuable generic teaching qualification. For more details, click here.

Call for papers - special issue of Clinical Audit Today


The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Dr Emmelie Aveling from the University of Leicester to publish a special issue of our online journal. With this in mind, we are inviting articles on clinical audit work that has been carried out in resource-constrained settings. CASC know only to well from the training we carried out in Ethiopia two years ago (see photo) just what great work can be achieved by dedicated staff operating under severe resource constraints and we hope that the journal will provide an opportunity to showcase similar clinical audit initiatives from around the world. To encourage journal submissions we have created a Call for Papers document that can be accessed by clicking here. The deadline for initial proposals is 1st December 2013 with the special issue of the journal planned for June 2014.

FREE SEA training places going fast!


CASC are delighted to announce details of our latest collaboration with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. Building on our previous work with the NPSA to establish best practice in significant event audit and our accredited training in this discipline we are pleased to work with HQIP to develop a series of free SEA workshops scheduled for Autumn 2013. The primary aim of the 3-hour workshops is to provide general practitioners with key skills in SEA that will help them meet their revalidation requirements. 14 workshops will be held across 7 days and venues include: Leicester, York, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Uptake of places has been encouraging and there is limited availability at some venues, so book now if you would like to attend. For further details please click here.

New Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report imminent


CASC are in the process of putting the final touches to our 3rd Clinical Audit Job Vacancies Report. The report is based on data collected via our bi-weekly job vacancy bulletin that was first published in July 2009. In recent years, the number of vacancies has dropped markedly from 178 in 2009/10 to less than a 100 in 2011/12. However, the latest report shows a steady increase in audit vacancies in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12 and CASC are also delighted to announce that there has been a sharp rise in the number of band 7 and 8 clinical audit jobs advertised over the last 12 months. The full report will be released via the CASC website in September and further details will appear in the October eNews.

Congratulations to CASC Office Manager


CASC are delighted to announce that on Tuesday 6th August 2013 our Office Manager, Fiona Goodman, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Ollie Mark Goodman arrived at 00:27am and weighed in at 8lbs 4.5ozs! Our congratulations go to Fiona, her husband Ben and older brother Harry.

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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