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eNewsletter - Issue 68 - December 2014

Junior Doctor Award winners announced


On 19th November, over 100 junior doctors assembled in Leicester to present their clinical audit and quality improvement work as part of CASC and HQIP’s annual awards event. The competition is now in its fifth year, with the highest number of overall entries (>150 abstracts) and the strongest field of finalists (80) in 2014. A total of eight awards were on offer across two categories with the winner of the Quality Improvement Award named as Dr. Houston et al. for their excellent Dr. Toolbox online resource. Dr. Ruth Richardson and her colleagues were awarded the Martin Ferris prize for Whittington Hospitals audit entitled ‘Curing the delay to diagnosis in hip fracture’ with first prize in the clinical audit category awarded to Drs. Saifuddin, Magee and Barrett for Charing Cross Hospitals audit focused on improving the quality of the out-of-hours medical handover. CASC and HQIP would like to congratulate all finalists and winners and a full list of the awards is available here. The competition will return again in 2015.

CASC produce short film to support #hellomynameis campaign


Many of you will be aware of the inspirational #hellomynameis campaign led by Dr. Kate Granger. The campaign emerged as a result of Dr. Granger’s personal experiences of healthcare and her repeated observations that many healthcare professionals who she encountered did not introduce themselves to her. CASC are delighted to announce that as part of the junior doctor finals day in November we worked with Kate and her junior doctors colleagues to create a short film that highlights the need for healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients (something Kate describes as an ‘always event’). The film is accessible by clicking here and we both encourage and challenge all clinical audit and QI professionals to raise awareness of Kate’s campaign.

CASC’s 2014 State of Clinical Audit Survey is now live


Since 2010 CASC have invited those with a remit for clinical audit to take part in our annual clinical audit survey. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback on a wide range of clinical audit matters and issues and to map progress over time. The survey is well established with over 100 respondents in every year to date providing their views on national clinical audits, resourcing for local audit, re-audit rates, patient involvement in audit, uptake and ratings for various clinical audit resources, etc. As with the 2013 survey CASC are using Survey Monkey and as always with any CASC survey the anonymity of respondents is assured. The survey takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here. Results of the survey will be published via the CASC website in January 2015.

Could CASC RCA training help modernise clinical audit?


At the end of November, the CASC team launched a series of eight workshops focusing on how root cause analysis techniques could be used effectively within a clinical audit context. The workshops have been commissioned by HQIP and focus on how clinical audit could benefit from utilising established RCA techniques. As part of the planning for the accredited training, CASC carried out a training needs analysis and this indicated that most clinical audit professionals have little or no experience in using RCA tools. To date, three of the eight RCA workshops have been delivered and the feedback has been very positive with learners particularly suggesting that timelines, brain-writing/nominal group technique, the 5 whys, run charts and cause and effect diagrams (e.g. fishbone) could add considerable value to clinical audit projects and delivery.

Latest news from HQIP


November 2014 proved to be a busy month for HQIP starting with their annual conference in Nottingham that featured keynote speakers, a wide range of workshops and HQIP’s annual awards. If you missed the event, you can access all of the presentations by clicking here. In the middle of the month more consultant outcomes data was published as part of the NHS transparency drive. The outcomes data focuses on the work of surgeons and it is expected that the data will cover 13 specialties and 5,000 surgeons (up from 4000 in 2013). To find out more, click here. Finally, HQIP would like you to take part in their online communications survey. This is available by clicking here. The survey closes on 5th December.

Happy Christmas to you all


As the festive period approaches the CASC team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2014 has been an interesting year for clinical audit and QI and anecdotally we have started to observe some interesting trends on our travels and from speaking to colleagues working at the coalface and these include: more senior engagement in clinical audit, growing focus on the need to link clinical audit to other QI techniques and most clearly the viewpoint that NHS Trusts undertake too many audit projects of limited value and hence the focus should be on less, but better quality projects. We look forward to working with you all in 2015 and we have some exciting plans for the New Year.

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 electronic pack includes information relating to: 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

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