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eNewsletter - Issue 73 - May 2015

6th annual junior doctor competitions now open!


CASC are delighted to announce that our 2015 Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement competitions for junior doctors are now open. To submit entries, juniors simply have to read the competition instructions and enter their abstract using the template document that CASC have created. Entrants have until the end of August 2015 to submit their entries to us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership are again collaborating with CASC on this initiative and once all abstracts have been received finalists will be shortlisted in September and then invited to attend a Finals Day in Leicester during the second-half of November (date to be confirmed). To access further details of both competitions and the entry templates, please click here.

CASC call for clinical audit ‘antiques’!


CASC recently delivered a training session in Harrogate and visited the White Hart Hotel – where both Tracy and Stephen received their initial audit training from PMK Associates in 1994-95. It led us to reminisce on many of the excellent materials and resources that were available for medical/clinical audit in the 1990s. Believe it or not, the British Medical Journal featured Audit in person in every issue and this excellent article by Firth-Cozens and Venning from 1991 entitled “Audit officers – what are they up to?” includes a conclusion that is as valid and intelligent today as it was over two decades ago! We’d particularly like to track down any of the following audit antiques: copies of Audit Trends magazine, old Eli Lilly National Clinical Audit Centre protocols, Clinical Audit Association materials, e.g. copies of NETWORK newsletter and materials from previous Auditorium events! If you have any of these to hand, please get in touch! Click here to read the Audit in Person article from 1991.

HQIP release tenders for two new NCAs


HQIP are currently seeking expressions of interest from suitable providers interested in bidding for the forthcoming National Maternity and Perinatal NCA and the NCA of Breast Cancer in Older People. Both contracts are offered over an initial three-year period with the Maternity NCA valued at a maximum budget of £1.98 million and the Cancer NCA worth up to £1.05 million. The deadlines for submitting completed procurement documentation are 7th May (Cancer NCA) and 14th May (Maternity NCA). To date, CASC have never helped deliver a National Clinical Audit but we consider that our experience could add significant value to new and existing national audits. Our annual survey, recent evaluation of the dementia audit for care homes and our ongoing work training local and national audit professionals leaves us well positioned to offer a unique insight into how a national audit could best be delivered, so if you are a current or prospective NCA supplier then please get in touch. To access further details for current NCA tenders visit www.hqip.org.uk

Key details from March NAGCAE minutes


The National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries met in London on 18th March 2015. The group welcomed two newly appointed members: Jennifer Bostock (lay member) and Simon Pleydell (NHS Manager). The minutes also note Robert Grant has been appointed as the statistician to the group. The minutes also note: “Nick Black has agreed to extend his tenure as chair for one year from December 2015”. Operational highlights from the minutes include: “[NAGCAE] members were very concerned to learn about the long delays that National Clinical Audit suppliers were experiencing in obtaining link data from the HSCIC”, “HQIP would welcome further discussion… from local clinical audit staff” [in relation to auditing the quality of NCAs] and “HQIP was entering the third and final year of its contract with NHS England. The work programme for an extension period) two extensions of one year each are permissible) is being considered by NHSE”. To read the full minutes, click here.

Local audit focus: Birmingham Community Trust


On 18th March, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) held its annual clinical effectiveness day to showcase the impact of clinical audit across the Trust. The event had the theme ‘partnership working’ and was designed to highlight the importance of forging strong internal and external relationships to ensure audit supports services to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for each individual. The day included keynote presentations focusing on: work to better support children and families across Birmingham and local multi-agency audits. The event also incorporated local posters and an excellent audit competition with prizes awarded to the Learning Disability Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service and the Podiatry Service. Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Lead, Tracy Millar, said: “Clinical audit can be a bit of a dry topic so we tried to bring the subject alive, make it accessible and show it’s something we can all get involved in for the benefit of each service and to strengthen the key partnership between ourselves as healthcare providers and patients/carers”.

Sad loss of ‘Governance-guru’ Professor Halligan


CASC are shocked and saddened to report the sudden death of Professor Aidan Halligan at the age of 57 on 27th April. Professor Halligan will be particularly remembered for his contribution to clinical governance through his role as Head of the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team from 1999 to 2002. From this important post he became Deputy Chief Medical Officer to Sir Liam Donaldson for England from 2003 to 2005. Professor Halligan spent much of his time in Leicester having joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in 1993 before becoming head of the local obstetrics service at University of Leicester NHS Trust from 1998-9. He will be sadly missed and we would encourage you all to read this excellent summary of his career provided by Health Policy Insight. Click here for more details.

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 copy please email us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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