4th annual clinical audit jobs report published
Since 2009 CASC have produced over 140 fortnightly clinical audit job vacancy bulletins. Every July the CASC team review data and provide an updated report comparing year-on-year information. The latest short report is now available and will be of interest to anyone working in clinical audit or wider quality improvement. Key findings show that the number of vacancies reported in 2013-14 dropped slightly from 135 in 2012-13 to 132, although the proportion of permanent posts advertised increased in the same period from 61.5% to 74.2%. The report notes that the number of band 7+ clinical audit vacancies dropped by 60% in the last 12 months and of greatest concern is the collapse of audit jobs in the CCG sector: between 2009-11 the average number of audit jobs advertised in PCTs was 18 per year, but in the 16 months since CCGs were established in April 2013 only 4 clinical audit jobs have been advertised. To read the full report, click here.
Deadline looms for junior doctor competitions
CASC and HQIP are delighted with the response that we have had to our annual clinical audit and quality improvement competitions for junior doctors with entries up 50% compared to this stage last year. The purpose of both competitions is to enable junior doctors to showcase the work that they are undertaking in clinical audit and QI and to share this with their peers and the wider healthcare community. Those wishing to take part need to submit their entries as abstracts using the relevant templates available by clicking here. CASC have also created a poster that you can download and display this to encourage juniors to enter by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is fast approaching and those wishing to submit their work must do so before the end of August. All finalists will be invited to showcase their projects via a poster competition to be held in Leicester on 19th November.
Calling all primary care clinical auditors!
CASC have noted a growing void when it comes to clinical audit activity in primary care (in particular CCG’s). In the 1990s clinical audit in primary care was well supported by the likes of Primary Care Audit Groups, many of the regional networks such as CASNET were established by primary care staff and there was even the National Primary Care Audit Group focusing on audit in general practice, dentistry, etc. Findings from CASC’s recent job vacancy report identify very few CCGs are appointing clinical audit staff and it is noticeable that only a handful of national audits relate to primary care. We have heard anecdotally from regional groups that many are struggling to recruit primary care members and it is noticeable that NQICAN and NAGCAE rarely discuss primary care and CCG matters at their quarterly meetings. With this in mind, CASC would like to hear from you if you work to deliver clinical audit in a CCG or if you help co-ordinate audits across general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry, etc. We hope to create a small expert group to share ideas, resources and experiences and to help lobby for useful national audits in this sector. Please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
CASC to exhibit at HQIP’s 2014 conference
CASC are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the HQIP annual conference set to take place from 3-4 November at the Nottingham East Midlands Conference Centre. Booking for the conference is now open and more details can be found by visiting www.hqip.org.uk. The event will incorporate the annual HQIP Quality Improvement Awards dinner, keynote speakers including Sir Mike Richards, Sir Bruce Keogh and Dr. Kate Granger. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the NCAPOP pavilion and can attend four out of twelve workshops (choices include: clinician engagement for quality improvement, NCA troubleshooting masterclass and Mental Health and QI in the community). Delegate places are £175 including VAT and HQIP are offering discounted accommodation via the onsite Orchard Hotel.
CASC plans for Audit Awareness Week
The 2nd annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week will take place from 20-24 October 2014 and full details of the event are now available by clicking here. Last year’s event proved to be a success with local audit teams running clinical audit tea breaks / events and HQIP orchestrating daily webinars and nightly twitter chats. CASC will be contributing to the awareness week this year and we will be gradually unveiling our plans over this and our next two monthly newsletters. We can reveal that over the course of the awareness week we will be running a Clinical Audit Twitter treasure hunt with daily clues leading to prizes for winners who use their skills to solve the conundrums we offer! We also hope to create controversial daily debates via our Clinical Audit Tools discussion board and will provide more details in due course.
Book now for accredited CASC course
CASC’s Advanced Clinical Audit course continues to prove popular to clinical audit / governance staff and healthcare professionals alike and we will be holding courses in Leicester on 25th September and 25th November. The course provides those attending with comprehensive information on how to conduct a successful clinical audit project and is accredited by the Open College Network. For those of you wishing to undertake a local clinical audit with expert tutor support, please consider our distance-learning course that provides learners with a course guide, international textbook and twelve-months support from a mentor. To find out more about CASC courses, please 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org