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eNewsletter - Issue 65 - September 2014

State of clinical audit report now available


CASC would like to announce that the final version of our annual 'State of clinical audit' report is now available. Every December CASC conduct an online survey to find out current views on clinical audit and the results of the December 2013 survey are now available after interim results were first published in January. Over 140 respondents completed the survey and key findings include: a small rise (40%) in respondents feeling 'more positive' about clinical audit, 41% of respondents stating they don't intend to have audit responsibilities in 5 years time (compared to 25% in 2010), little change in the overall views on the quality of national audits (45% rated NCAs as 'moderate'), only 6% of respondents rating patient involvement in audit as 'good' (compared to 61% 'poor') and a drop in those claiming they have 'more resources available to support clinical audit' compared to 12 months previously down from 17% in 2012 to 14% in 2013. To access the report, click here.

Great response to junior doctor competitions


CASC are delighted to report that we have had our best ever response to our annual junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement awards. The competition is now in its fifth year and the previous high number of entries stood at 125 but this year we have received in excess of 150 abstracts. Entries for the competition are now closed. The judging panel is in the process of assessing all entries and we hope to contact all those who have submitted an abstract with the outcome of their submission by 19th September at the latest. For information, the Finals Day will take place in Leicester on 19th November and we will release further details of the programme very soon.

NAGCAE seek 3 new members


The National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) are seeking three new members: a lay representative, NHS manager and a statistician. NAGCAE were set up in 2008 with a key remit to essentially help re-invogorate clinical audit and to provide policy and strategic advice to NHS England. The time commitment for each member will be up to 15 days per year, including attendance at up to 6 meetings. NAGCAE members receive a fee of £144 per day plus expenses and the closing date for applications is 13th November. Full details of the work carried out by NAGCAE is available by clicking here. If you would like to access the information pack for applicants, please click here.

CASC publish 150th audit jobs bulletin


Since the summer of 2009 CASC have produced a fortnightly vacancy bulletin listing all clinical audit jobs advertised on NHS jobs website, plus other local and national clinical audit positions that we have been asked to publicise. September 2014 marks the release of the 150th bulletin and over 5 years CASC have advertised inexcess of 600 vacancies to the clinical audit community. In addition, CASC analyse data from each bulletin every summer to create our annual job vacancies report and the latest copy of this can be located by clicking here.

Huge demand for our NMP events!


Over the last five years CASC have supported non-medical prescribers across Leicestershire by organising a series of lunchtime educational events and annual conferences. This Autumn's sessions have exceeded all expectations with three out of four lunchtime meetings having long waiting lists for places. NMPs have signed up in large numbers to listen to expert speakers on the subjects of: Pain management, clinical negligence and end of life decision-making. In addition, for the first time in Spring 2015 Leicestershire's annual NMP confernece will be opened-up (at a small charge) to enable NMPs from outside of the county to attend. If you would like more details of the work we are conducting to provide affordable and current education to NMPs please contact the CASC team.

Still time to book on HQIP conference


CASC understand that HQIP's November conference is nearing capacity but there is still time to book your place. Over the course of August, HQIP have developed and released a draft programme for their two-day event and you can find out more here. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Kate Granger, NHS England's Sir Bruce Keogh and the CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards. Other organisations providing speakers for the event, include: the King’s Fund, NCEPOD, Royal Collge of Nursing, NCISH and the Patient Information Forum. The event will also feature the QI Awards and the NCAPOP Pavilion.

Local clinical audit awards success at BTUH


On 24th July Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals (BTUH) celebrated local quality and improvement via their Clinical Audit Awards event. There were 27 submissions for audit and quality improvement projects carried out within the last 12 months and the clinical audit award winner 'Improving patient safety through ensuring effective ward round processes in critical care' reviewed the quality of the ward round process, before and after the introduction of a new approach that subsequently improved practice, safety and patient experience. The quality improvement category winner was 'Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP)’. The new TEP process was introduced and the audit checked compliance across the Trust. Clare Panniker, Chief Executive, said: "To improve, you have to measure your success. These audits show how quality improvements are making a real difference to patient care."

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

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