CQC speaker outlines importance of clinical audit
On 25th March 2015, CASC were fortunate to observe a keynote presentation by Karen Bennett-Wilson (Head of CQC Inspection for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities) as part of Leicestershire Partnership Trust’s annual clinical audit conference. Mrs. Bennett-Wilson repeatedly stressed the importance and value of clinical audit and she noted that when the CQC ask ‘is the service effective?’ they focus attention on national clinical audit data and the local audit projects. Further, Mrs. Bennett-Wilson identified that the CQC were increasingly looking for evidence of re-audits that show improvements in patient care. To conclude her keynote talk, Mrs. Bennett Wilson discussed common findings from recent CQC inspections and these included: evidence that some Trusts do not participate in national audits and limited local audit functions with particular failure to learn from findings and conduct re-audits.
Excellent line-up for Bristol event
CASC would like to alert readers of our e-Newsletter that the 2nd Patient Safety conference takes place in Bristol on 15th May 2015. The conference features national patient safety and quality improvement experts, with Dr. Mike Durkin (National Director of Patient Safety, NHS England) scheduled to deliver the keynote speech. Over 30 poster presenters will be sharing their innovative solutions to patient safety issues and there will be workshops on: duty of candor, culture surveys, innovative practice and quality improvement. There is also a plenary session with lots of interesting talks planned including one entitled ‘the potential for social media to share patient safety learning’. For more details, click here.
NMC’s new code of professional standards launched
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new document ‘The Code’ was published in January 2015 but became effective from the 31st March 2015. The Code was updated to reflect changes in professional nursing and midwifery practice and to reflect public expectations of care. The Code contains the professional standards that registered nurses and midwives must uphold. The new document contains a series of statements that taken together signify what best practice looks like with section 23 specifically focusing on clinical audit. Meanwhile, pilot revalidation schemes for nurses are underway with nurse revalidation expected to launch in October 2015. To access the new NMC code, click here.
My NHS publish more data
My NHS website was launched in 2014 with the expressed aim of providing ‘one place where organisations, professionals and the public can compare the performance of services across health and care’. The website is part of the current public services transparency initiative to make sure the quality of services is widely reported. The website allows visitors to see key data used by the NHS and local councils and new information is added periodically. Recent updates include: changes to the mental health data display so that this information can be sorted by Trust, plus Friends and Family Test and Stroke Audit data is now published for hospitals. To visit the website, click here.
MPs call for new national body
A new national body to investigate medical accidents should be established immediately according to The House of Commons Public Administration select committee. The cross-party group of MPs described the current patient safety system as “too complicated”. The committee noted that events at both Morecambe Bay Hospital and Stafford Hospital had identified unnecessary delays. The review was conducted at a time where recent data has identified that there are 12,000 avoidable hospital deaths every year, plus 338 ‘never-events’. Committee Chairman Bernard Jenkin (pictured) said for years it had been ‘evident that the NHS has urgent need of a simpler and more trusted system’.
Junior doctor competition update
Given the success of our junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement competitions over the last five years we are giving advanced warning that full details of how to enter the 2015 competition will be supplied in the May e-newsletter. We are delighted that once again HQIP will be partnering us in this initiative and we have set ourselves the target of surpassing 170 entries this time around. The competition is open to all junior doctors so if you are a junior doctor or work with juniors then please make them aware of this forthcoming initiative. As in previous years entrants will supply short project abstracts of with finalists invited to the poster competition in November.
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