Junior Doctor competitions now open
CASC are delighted to announce the launch of our fifth annual clinical audit and quality improvement competitions for junior doctors. The competition first started as a clinical audit competition in 2010 but has subsequently grown into a wider clinical audit and quality improvement event. As in 2013, HQIP are partnering CASC in this initiative and we welcome entries from junior doctors working across the United Kingdom. Those wishing to take part need to submit their entries as abstracts using the relevant templates available by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is the end of August and all entries will be reviewed in September. All finalists will be invited to showcase their projects via a poster competition to be held in Leicester on 19th November.
1989-2014: 25 years up for clinical audit
It may have escaped the attention of many, but the ‘Working for Patients’ White Paper that introduced medical audit (later to become clinical audit) to the NHS was published 25 years ago in spring 1989. The White Paper emerged from a Government review of the NHS in 1988 and the then Secretary of State for Health Kenneth Clarke was given the responsibility of its implementation. Originally aimed at doctors, medical audit was defined as ‘the systematic critical analysis of the quality of medical care including the procedures used for diagnosis and treatment, the use of resources and the resulting outcome and quality of life for the patient.’ Given that clinical audit now marks its 25th anniversary CASC have set up a discussion board post to allow you to share your first memories of clinical audit with others. Click here to get involved and take a nostalgic walk down clinical audit memory lane.
Still time to book on our Train the Trainer courses
Since announcing at the start of May details of free places available through HQIP for our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course the response has been exceptional. Both workshops taking place in London on 16-17 June rapidly sold out and there is a waiting list for those wanting to attend the Manchester workshop on 3rd June. However, it is still possible to book your place on courses scheduled for: Leeds (4th June), Bristol (26th June) and Birmingham (27th June). In order to secure your place, click here. All workshops will demonstrate how to use CASC’s Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit, plus key teaching skills will be examined, e.g.: how to profile learners, how to develop lesson plans and how to check learners have grasped key learning outcomes. Attendees will receive a copy of the teaching toolkit and will be eligible to attain the accredited teaching certificate available via the Open College Network.
Latest news from HQIP
Kim Rezel (Patient and Participation Lead at HQIP) recently gave a presentation on patient-friendly clinical audit reports. Following on from this HQIP have now published a number of examples that can be viewed by clicking here. HQIP are eager to showcase best practice in this field and invite members of the audit community to share their examples of best practice. In other news, HQIP are reporting members of the public can now access very recent data on how their local hospital is diagnosing, treating and managing patients via the Sentinel Stroke National Audit (SSNAP) that the Royal Colleges of Physicians lead and HQIP commission as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme. To find out more, click here.
CASC surpass 1000th tweet
Since joining Twitter a couple of year’s ago CASC have endeavored to use the online resource to keep the clinical audit and quality improvement community well informed with regular tweets. It is noticeable that many healthcare providers now use Twitter as a way of keeping in touch with a wider audience and it is great to see the likes of HQIP and ISQua tweeting on a regular basis. We have also noticed that many clinical audit and QI professionals now have their own twitter accounts and that the number of tweets in relation to clinical audit has increased significantly over the last 12 months. It must be said that twitter does tend to polarize opinion and many clinical audit tweets are negative in tone, but it is encouraging to also see a rise in positive tweets towards clinical audit. In addition, we note that many healthcare teams now advertise their clinical audit and QI vacancies predominantly via twitter. To find out more visit twitter.com and search for #clinicalaudit.
CASC courses announced for remainder of 2014
Please visit our website or click here in order to see full details of the accredited courses that CASC will be running from now until the end of 2014. New dates have been added for our popular Advanced Clinical Audit course and this will be held in Leicester on 18th June, 25th September and 25th November. For those of you interested in risk management techniques we are also running our Significant Event Audit Masterclass and Root Cause Analysis Masterclass on 18th September. Our distance-learning course is perfect for learners who wish to carry out their own local clinical audit and all those who enroll on the course receive a range of course materials including the New Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit textbook plus guidance from an expert tutor for 12 months.
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