Book for clinical audit and QI finals day
CASC are delighted to announce further details in relation to the finals day for the junior doctor’s clinical audit and quality improvement competitions taking place in Leicester on 18th November. Once again, interest in both competitions was exceptional and the judging panel found it a tough task to select the finalists who have now all been contacted by CASC. The finals day will be of interest to many staff working in clinical audit and QI and confirmed speakers include: Professor Danny Keenan (Medical Director, HQIP), Dr. Ashley McKimm (Head of Innovation and Improvement, BMJ Learning and pictured above), Anne Weist (Education Manager, NICE Evidence Searches) and Carl Walker (Chairman of NQICAN). Award winning junior doctors from 2014 will be presenting their projects and we expect approximately 60 posters to be displayed across the two competitions. The final speaker for the day is the inspirational James Hilton from the Art of Brilliance Ltd. Delegate places are just £150 inclusive of VAT and we offer group discounts.
New HQIP website goes live
On 22nd September the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership simultaneously announced and showcased their new website. The new website has been designed following feedback from HQIP’s stakeholder groups and aims to ensure that users are now able to access the information they require quickly and easily. According to HQIP the new website is based around a dynamic filtered search system that allows users to define information by audience type (e.g. patient, clinician, QI professional) or by resource type (e.g. reports or guidance, etc.). HQIP are keen to receive feedback on the new website so please get in touch with them. From a CASC perspective the new website looks clean and professional and we look forward to the opportunity to browse the new resource in the future. For full details of the new HQIP website, click here.
High praise for CASC’s recent SEA training
CASC are delighted to report that a series of significant event audit (SEA) training workshops commissioned by NHS England have received excellent feedback. The workshops have been primarily aimed at general practice staff expected to use SEA to enhance patient safety and share key learning points. The workshops mix theory, practical tasks and best practice case studies to help practices deliver significant event audit that both meets CQC expectations and also enables GPs to show competence to appraisers and help meet revalidation requirements. Feedback from attendees has been positive with many comments similar to ‘this has really made me think about how we carry out significant event audit’ and ‘chance to review our processes and identify changes we will adopt’. CASC believe SEA could often be used as an alternative to the more lengthy root cause analysis so contact us if you would like to know more about our accredited SEA courses.
Meet the new NQICAN chairman
Members of the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) met on 24th September. NQICAN represents fifteen regional clinical audit networks across England and a key purpose of the meeting was to select a new Chairman following news that the current incumbent, Kat Young is leaving clinical audit to take up a new position with NHS England. Carl Walker, Clinical Audit Manager at University Hospitals Leicester and Chair of the East Midlands Clinical Audit Network (CASnet) was selected as Kat’s replacement and received unanimous support from all members present. For those of you who would like to know more about Carl, you can follow him via his twitter account, @cwwalker10.
Want to have FUN learning about QI?
NHS Improving Quality have recently announced that they are offering a free online course aimed at putting ‘the FUN back into the fundamentals of quality improvement’. The course is a joint initiative between NHSQI and the University of Jonkoping and Qultrum that is delivered entirely online via videos, articles and exercises. The course takes 8 weeks and learners who want to watch all the content available should allow for 2-3 hours per week. The course will give learners a good understanding of the fundamentals of quality improvement, including guidance on how to use the model for improvement. Learners can also take part in twitter chats and share ideas via live knowledge exchange events. For more details, click here.
NAGCAE seeking 4 new members
The National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) provides policy and strategic advice to NHS England on clinical audit and enquiries. The group is chaired by Professor Nick Black and is charged with helping reinvigorate both national and local clinical audit. NAGCAE are currently looking for four new members: a local clinical audit professional, a nurse, a secondary care doctor and a health services researcher. The group meet four times per year and further details of their work can be found by clicking here. Members are expected to commit up to 15 days per year and will receive a fee of £145 per day. For more details of the four vacancies, click here.
Join CASC at the HCUK conference
There is still time to book your place and join 60 other delegates at Healthcare Conference UK’s Autumn clinical audit and improvement conference taking place in Birmingham on 7th October. The event is chaired by Pauline Ong (member of NAGCAE) and the keynote speaker is Cathy Hassell, Deputy Director Quality Programmes from NHS England. In addition, Kat Young (outgoing chair of NQICAN) will be focusing on local clinical audit and QI, with further talks focusing on clinical audit and learning CQC inspections and how clinical audit can improve patient safety. The CASC team will be exhibiting at the event so please visit us if you are attending. The cost of the event for NHS professionals is £365 plus VAT and full details of the event can be found here.
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