RCA guide nears completion
CASC are delighted to report that following on from the 2014-15 training sessions commissioned by HQIP focusing on how to maximise the impact of clinical audit via root cause analysis techniques, the associated guide is nearing completion. The guide is set to be in excess of 40 pages and features ten RCA tools and techniques, including: brainstorming, cause and effect (fishbone), change analysis, the five whys, nominal group technique, process mapping, pareto analysis, run charts, etc. The guide also includes a useful further reading list and a number of RCA templates. In addition to the publication of the guide, CASC and HQIP will be running two webinars to help showcase and launch the new guide.
CASC observe a spike in clinical audit vacancies
As many of you will be aware, over the last five years CASC have published a fortnightly clinical audit jobs bulletin and corresponding annual report focusing on the clinical audit jobs market. CASC are pleased to announce that we have observed a significant increase in clinical audit vacancies in 2014-15 compared to 2013-14 with the current jobs bulletin (number 168) being a good example of this with 12 vacancies, including 6 offering over £30,000. We also note that HQIP are currently seeking two new staff: a Senior Project Manager for the Consultant Outcomes Publication (£46K to £57K) and a NCAPOP Project Manager (£30K to £48K) and more details can be found via www.hqip.org.uk. As usual, CASC’s annual report on clinical audit jobs will be published over the summer.
Significant departures at HQIP and NICE
Experienced clinical audit and quality improvement staff across the country will doubtless at some time or other have contacted HQIP’s Quality Improvement and Development Team (QID) or NICE’s Clinical Audit Team. In recent times there have been some important changes with Liz Smith (Quality Improvement and Development Facilitator) retiring in January and Kate Godfrey (pictured and Director of Operations for QID) leaving HQIP in May. We have also been informed that Kirsty MacLean-Steel (Audit Programme Manager at NICE) is taking up a new role at NCEPOD and that the NICE Clinical Audit Team will cease to exist in the coming weeks. For more information on support for clinical audit from NICE, please click here.
CASC to conduct survey of our accredited learners
Since the inception of CASC in 2006, we have provided accredited training to a wide range of healthcare staff and clinical audit/improvement professionals. With this in mind, we are now preparing to invite all learners who have gained accreditation through CASC to complete a short online survey to provide us with their thoughts and feedback. The survey will take no longer than ten minutes to complete and asks for feedback on training delivery, undertaking the assignment, the certification process, etc. At the moment we are in the process of identifying all learners who have been accredited by CASC since 2006 and this is proving a considerable undertaking given recent NHS changes (e.g. PCT emails no longer in existence). We aim to send out the survey in June and would appreciate your feedback if this is relevant to you.
Royal College of Emergency Medicine reports
Sam McIntyre (Quality Manager of the Quality Team at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM)) has asked us to make readers of our e-Newsletter aware of the recent publication of three national clinical audit reports. These can all be downloaded via the RCEM website and focus on: initial management of the fitting child, mental health and assessing for cognitive impairment in older people. In addition, press releases and slide-sets that help with the dissemination of the clinical audit findings are available via the RCEM website. To access the reports, click here. If you encounter any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Doctor Finals Day set for 18th November
We reported in the May issue of our electronic newsletter that we are now accepting entries for our 6th annual junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement competitions. This is a joint initiative with HQIP and we can now inform interested parties that the provisional date for the finals day is 18th November at Devonshire Place in Leicester. Last year the two competitions attracted over 100 entries and junior doctors who would like to submit their projects have until the end of August 2015. CASC have created a simple electronic template for all entrants to populate and this plus further details of both competitions can be found via www.clinicalauditsupport.com
HQIP start collaboration with the CQC
HQIP have recently announced that they are collaborating with the CQC on a new project ‘to increase utility of national clinical audit data to drive quality improvement in health care via channels such as CQC hospital inspections’. Sid Sinha (pictured), a specialist registrar in general and vascular surgery at the London Deanery will be working full-time at HQIP on the project until April 2016. A project steering featuring members from HQIP, CQC, NAGCAE and patient participation groups has been established. To find out more, 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 copy please email us via email@example.com
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org