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eNewsletter - Issue 79 - November 2015

Get set for Clinical Audit Awareness Week


Following HQIP’s announcement that the third annual clinical audit awareness week (CAAW) will take place from 9-13 November, CASC are delighted to be able to provide an update of how we will be supporting this event. Once again we have created a crossword for your clinical audit tea breaks and we will be running another twitter treasure hunt. In addition, over the course of the week we will be releasing podcasts from our blogger Acus Puncto and a review of the recent clinical audit conference in Birmingham. On 10 November the CASC Directors will be delivering a clinical audit masterclass in London and this will be followed by our involvement at the CASNET clinical audit event in Leicester on 11 November. We will also be releasing information on new accredited courses plus we will be taking to Twitter with daily polls and a live Twitter discussion on Friday 13 November from 9-11am. For more details, click here.

Book now for Junior Doctors Audit and QI event


Those of you working with junior doctors on clinical audit and QI projects may wish to book onto our Finals Day event taking place in Leicester on 18th November. This is a joint initiative between CASC and HQIP and showcases the best clinical audit and quality improvement projects submitted to the national competition now in its 6th year. There will be over 50 clinical audit and QI posters displayed and we are delighted that previous winners from 2014 will be back to formally present their work. In addition to the junior doctors we have an excellent line-up of speakers, including Prof Keenan (HQIP Medical Director), Carl Walker (NQICAN chairman), and Dr. Ashley Walker (Head of Innovation and Improvement, BMJ Learning). Dick Moore (who recently delivered his first TED talk and pictured) and James Hilton from the Art of Brilliance will also be presenting. Delegate places cost no more than £150 (including VAT) and there are discounts available if you have a junior doctor finalist. For more details, click here.

June NAGCAE minutes identify threat to NCAPOP


The June NAGCAE meeting minutes have recently been published and include a number of important updates for those working in clinical audit and QI. Anyone involved in national audits should take a close look at Section 2.2. The minutes state the following: ‘HQIP was still experiencing long delays obtaining NCA data which was having a detrimental effect on the national programme and HQIP’s work. This is resulting in delayed audit reports. Information governance is becoming increasingly complex and threatens the delivery of NCAs’. Section 2.2 identifies that HQIP are looking to engage an information governance expert to support their work and that responsibility for resolving matters lies with the Data Services Panel. To read the NAGCAE minutes, click here.

Using SWOT to review clinical audit functions


Over the last month the CASC team have worked with a number of Trust-based clinical audit teams to review their clinical audit function to ensure that it is fit-for-purpose. In both instances CASC have delivered accredited clinical audit training to ensure that local staff have attained qualifications in the subject and that there is a consistent delivery of clinical audit methodology. We have subsequently undertaken a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis in conjunction with the clinical audit team and other clinical audit leads and stakeholders to provide a detailed map of current clinical audit activity. CASC team members have been using the SWOT approach to review clinical audit for over 10 years and we find that it is an excellent approach to review both clinical audit activity and individual audit and QI projects. For more details, please contact the CASC team.

Nurse revalidation identifies audit as CPD activity


Many of you will be aware that from April 2016, all nurses will be expected to follow the example set by doctors since 2012 and undertake revalidation in order to show that their practice is up-to-date. As part of nurse revalidation all nurses must reflect on their work and show evidence of continued learning. Pages 45-46 of the new ‘How to revalidate with the NMC’ guide set out examples of possible CPD activities for nurses and on page 46 ‘participation in clinical audits’ is formally stated. If you want a copy of the current revalidation documentation from the NMC, click here.

All the news from Clinical Audit for Improvement conference


On 7th October the CASC team attended Healthcare Conferences UK annual autumn clinical audit day. Approximately 40 delegates attended the event and were addressed by a number of keynote speakers, including Prof Ong (member of NAGCAE), Cathy Hassell (NHS England) and Kat Young (former NQICAN chair). The CASC team are in the process of producing a ten minute podcast looking at the event in more detail, but highlights included: suggestions from Cathy Hassell that the NCA budget may shrink in coming years but that the number of NCAs will increase, a view from Prof Ong that more audits need to look at the patient pathway (i.e. interface audits) and Kat Young’s announcement that HQIP are working with the CQC to look at how national audit data can be best utilised. The podcast giving a more detailed overview of the event will be released on the CASC website on Thursday 12th November so please have a listen to find out more.

NMP event proves to be a great success


As part of CASC’s wider educational remit, on 29th October we hosted the Leicestershire Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) conference at Leicester Racecourse. The event proved to be a huge success with over 130 delegates attending and all rating the conference as either ‘very good’ or ‘good’. The theme for the day was improving patient safety and delegates were given an overview of NMP cases as reported to NRLS by David Gerrett (pictured) from NHS England. Delegates were also treated to a number of expert speakers, including June James (who gave an update on Diabetes), Anna Murphy (who focused on new treatment options for Asthma and COPD) and Gill Eddy from NICE explaining how to search for best practice guidance. More NMP educational sessions are planned and these will be reported via the NMP Zone on the CASC website.

Latest news from HQIP


The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership had a busy month in October publishing the results from two national audits that identified opportunities for significantly improving patient care: heart failure and inpatient falls. HQIP have announced they will be holding a free Joint Registry event in Cardiff on 10th February 2016 and they have also released various promotional materials for the forthcoming Clinical Audit Awareness Week. CASC are delighted to be linking with HQIP in coming weeks both through our joint junior doctors event on 18th November and presenting on patient involvement in clinical audit at the CASNET conference on 11th November. Finally, a number of local audit professionals have contacted us in relation to problems they have been experiencing with the new HQIP website. Can we signpost any of you encountering difficulties to the following announcement from HQIP, 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 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 electronic copy then please email us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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