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eNewsletter - Issue 57 - January 2014

Start 2014 with an accredited CASC course!


The Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to announce that we offer a number of accredited courses in one-day, online and distance-learning formats. If you would like more details then please visit the training page on our website or contact us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com. Both the Advanced Clinical Audit course and Root Cause Analysis Masterclass will be held in Leicester on 20th March 2014 and there are also FREE places available on our Significant Event Audit Masterclass in January and February (see below). CASC can also offer in-house training and our portfolio of courses includes: clinical audit, various risk management techniques, leadership skills, etc.

Headline results from CASC online survey


During December 2013, CASC conducted the annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey. Now in its fourth year, the survey asks those with an interest in clinical audit for their views on a range of current and important matters. CASC are in the process of verifying the data and an interim report will be released via the CASC website no later than 13th January. We can confirm that 142 respondents completed the survey with the majority classifying themselves as ‘clinical audit professionals’. 40% stated they were ‘more positive’ about clinical audit than a year ago (23% ‘more negative’ and 38% ‘neither more positive/negative’) but resourcing continues to be a key concern with only 14% stating they have ‘more resources’ for clinical audit than a year ago. The majority of respondents continue to struggle to get patients effectively involved in clinical audit with 61% classifying patient involvement in audit as ‘poor’ (33% ‘average’, 6% ‘good’). Further results will be released very soon.

Quality Accounts List 2014-15 announced


As promised, on 20th December 2013 HQIP published a list of national clinical audits to be included in NHS providers 2014-15 Quality Accounts, on behalf of NHS England. HQIP’s website provides extensive further details and includes: the full list of relevant NCA’s, a frequently asked questions section and the Quality Accounts Resource that enables healthcare providers to plan their participation in NCA’s during 2014-15. For information, all health service providers are required to submit their quality account report in June each year. To find out more, click here.

CASC’s new teaching toolkit is on its way!


In 2011 CASC’s Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit (CATT) was published with the help and support of HQIP. During Autumn 2013 we have once again been collaborating with HQIP to update the resource and the project is now nearing completion. The updated CATT will feature a series of clinical audit case studies from junior doctors, plus new interactive resources such as ‘clinical audit mythbusters’ and the ‘clinical audit report builder’. New resources focus particularly on key aspects of clinical audit methodology and we have produced a number of activities that focus on developing criteria and standards, calculating samples sizes and analysing clinical audit data. Watch out for the publication of the new toolkit via the HQIP and CASC websites.

New podcast: is everyone discussion bored?


CASC have produced a new podcast, entitled ‘Is everyone discussion bored?’ This focuses on the fact that clinical audit and quality improvement online discussion boards such as the National Clinical Audit Forum (NCAF) and the discussion board on the Clinical Audit Tools website receive very few comments. The podcast is meant as a tongue-in-cheek look at the lack of use of online forums but equally raises the serious question of why these established resources are not being used to their full potential. To listen to the podcast, click here. In addition, it would seem appropriate at this point to note that HQIP have launched their new interactive blog service. This aims to get those interested in clinical audit and QI talking and sharing opinions. To access the HQIP blog site, click here.

FREE SEA workshops available in York and Leicester


In collaboration with HQIP, CASC are delighted to announce that there are still places available on the Significant Event Audit workshops taking place in York on 28th January and in Leicester on 12th February. Each session is three hours in length and provides learners with the essential seven steps involved in conducting a high quality significant event audit. The training sessions are part of a series of events that started in Bristol in October and feedback on the first five training sessions has been excellent. Training will assist doctors who now have to conduct significant event audit owing to the fact that it is an integral part of medical revalidation. To find out more, click here.

Clinical Audit and Improvement 2014 approaching


Healthcare Conferences UK’s annual Clinical Audit and Improvement event is now fast approaching and will take place in London on 26-27 February 2014. A reduced day rate of £150 plus VAT is available to clinical audit professionals and the event includes a number of keynote speakers: Professor Danny Keenan (HQIP Medical Director), Professor Nick Black (Chair of the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries) and Richard Arnold (Clinical Audit Lead, NHS England). In addition, there are eight interactive masterclass sessions and the event features over 40 local clinical audit practitioners. Streams include: clinical audit for quality improvement locally, clinical audit for patient safety and patient involvement in clinical audit. To find out more, click here.

Root Cause Analysis training proving a great success


For many years now the Clinical Audit Support Centre have been delivering a range of training in key risk management techniques. Our significant event audit training is proving ever popular but we have recently seen a resurgence in interest in our Root Cause Analysis Masterclass that is delivered by CASC associate, Louise Hazelwood. Louise worked for many years in the NHS as a clinical audit and governance manager before leaving the NHS to work as an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. The one-day RCA Masterclass covers all aspects of root cause analysis and can be accessed as an accredited course either in Leicester (next course takes place on 20th March 2014) or in-house. To find out more about the course, click 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 us via 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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