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eNewsletter - Issue 80 - December 2015

Take part in CASC’s annual online survey


Over the course of the last six years the Clinical Audit Support Centre have conducted our annual clinical audit survey. This provides those working in the field of clinical audit and quality improvement with an opportunity to feedback views on a range of subjects: including national clinical audits, funding for clinical audit, access to resources, etc. The survey has proved a huge success with over 100 respondents in each of the past five years and national bodies such as NHS England review and reference results at key national conferences. Given that it is 10 years since Sir Liam Donaldson stated that ‘national and local clinical audit needs to be re-invigorated’, we have included a new question to gauge your views on whether this challenge has been met. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. Please take part here.

Congratulations to our junior doctor winners


On 18th November, over 90 delegates and junior doctors attended our annual clinical audit and quality improvement awards day. The competition is a joint undertaking between CASC and HQIP and is now in its sixth year. Delegates were treated to a range of presentations from the likes of Dr. Ashley McKimm (Head of Innovation and Improvement, BMJ Learning) and Dick Moore (who recently delivered his first TED talk). Over 60 posters were showcased at the event and once again the standard of posters was exceptional. A total of eight awards were handed out and we would like to congratulate all our junior doctor winners (pictured). To see further details of the winners, click here. We have also created a storify that summarises the event and you can access this by clicking here.

CASC planning innovative local audit event


Based on feedback that the CASC team have gained from our travels in 2015, we are considering running our first national clinical audit conference for over five years. We are concerned that focus appears to be moving away from local clinical audit and we therefore want to run an innovative event focusing on clinical audit and QI at a local-level. In terms of initial plans for the day, we want to give a platform to local experts, so if you consider that you could share useful information and examples of best practice, then please get in touch. We envisage the event will include a debate on national clinical audits and whether clinical audit has been reinvigorated. The event will also include a competition for local clinical audit and QI teams. We are looking at holding the event in April/May 2016 and costs will be approximately £120 (including VAT) per person. If you are interested in speaking at the event, have ideas for particular speakers/topics, or would be keen to take part in the competition, please get in touch via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Watch three new audit case studies


In addition to the accredited training CASC deliver and the many resources we offer to support clinical audit and QI, we always strive to develop materials that help bring clinical audit and QI to life. With this in mind, we have recently added three new enhanced podcasts to the Clinical Audit TV section of our website. The podcasts feature the award winning junior doctor clinical audits from our 2012 competition. Junior doctors involved in each audit project and responsible for creating the winning poster narrate each podcast and topics include: falls, referrals to the audiology department and nighttime emergencies. Each podcast is approximately ten minutes in length and we hope you agree they serve as excellent case studies for showcasing the impact of audit. To watch the podcasts, click here.

Must read: NAGCAE 2014-15 annual report


Despite very little fanfare, the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) recently published their 2014-15 ten page annual report. CASC consider this a MUST READ document for all working in clinical audit and QI as it clarifies NAGCAE’s working arrangements and details the advice they have supplied to NHS England. The document focuses almost exclusively on national clinical audit and identifies ‘a need to expand the current portfolio of around 60 NCAs’. The document also states ‘even the best of the 60 NCAs that exist have the scope to improve and enhance impact’. Sections 4 ‘increasing the use of NCAs’ and 5 ‘improving the strategic management of NCAPOP’ will be of significant interest to anyone involved in national clinical audits. To read the NAGCAE 2014-15 annual report, click here.

Summary of Clinical Audit Awareness Week


The third annual clinical audit awareness week (CAAW) took place from 9-13 November, with a variety of events taking place across the clinical audit and quality improvement community. CASC supported CAAW in many ways: delivering a training session in London on 10th November and presenting change pyramids as an alternative to action plans at the East Midlands conference on 11th November (pictured). CASC also delivered a twitter-thon on 13th November and we contributed over 30% of all #CAAW tweets. Sadly no one managed to crack our twitter treasure hunt but congratulations to Jen Knight from Berkshire who solved the crossword. We also supplied two new podcasts: one from our blogger plus an in-depth review of the recent clinical audit conference in Birmingham on 7th October. To find out more about CAAW, search #CAAW on Twitter.

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

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: info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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