CASC Jobs report: significant rise in vacancies
As you may be aware, since July 2009 CASC have published a regular clinical audit job vacancy bulletin. In the corresponding 72 months since this was launched, 170 bulletins have been released listing over 800 vacancies. Every year the CASC team review the data and produce an annual report. Figures for 2014/15 show a significant rise in advertised clinical audit vacancies up from a low of 92 in 2011/12 to a record high of 189 in the last twelve months. Data indicates that the number of temporary vacancies has dropped sharply from a high of 37% in 2012/13 to 18% in 2014/15. The report also identifies that unlike Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups do not appear to be recruiting clinical audit staff. To read the full report, click here.
CASC surveys now underway
As noted in the last issue of our e-Newsletter, CASC have embarked on an initiative to gain feedback from learners who have successfully gained accreditation via our training courses. This is an ambitious project, not least as many learners gained accreditation over five years ago and may now not work in healthcare for a variety of reasons. We have set up a series of SurveyMonkey questionnaires to collect the relevant data and these have now been sent to all those who gained the Open College Network certification on either Advanced Clinical Audit, Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit or our distance-learning course. If you have not received a link but attained the accreditation for one of these courses and would like to give feedback, then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
HQIP offer FREE places at NHS Expo
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have recently announced that they will be part of the exhibition (stand D10) at the forthcoming NHS Expo taking place in Manchester on 2-3 September 2015. In addition, members of the HQIP team will be hosting a workshop as part of the event, aligned to the key themes of long-term conditions and diabetes. In collaboration with the Expo, HQIP have secured a complimentary ticket code for clinical audit and quality improvement colleagues who may wish to attend the event. Confirmed speakers include: Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. To find out more and to book your FREE place, click here.
Question: what is Q-initiative?
Answer: Q is an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England. The initiative aims to connect people skilled in quality improvement across the UK and a founding cohort has been appointed and will help design, refine and test the Q-initiative during the remainder of 2015. This is a long-term project and the Health Foundation and NHS England have committed £2 million of initial funding. A recruitment campaign will extend the project in 2016 with a long-term aim of the project to connect a critical mass of around 5,000 participants by 2020. To find more about Q and to register your interest, click here.
Sign up to Clinical Audit for Improvement day
Healthcare Conference UK will be running a one-day clinical audit event at Colmore Gate Conference Centre (Birmingham) on 7th October 2015. Chaired by Professor Pauline Ong, Member of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) the conference will provide updates for those involved in clinical audit. Professor Ong will open the conference and discuss monitoring what needs to change in Trusts for clinical audit. Kathy Hassell (Deputy Director Quality Programmes at NHS England) will provide an NHS England update and focus her talk on measuring the impact of clinical audit. As part of the event, the Clinical Audit Support Centre will be attending and taking part in the exhibition and we have also secured a discounted rate for those wishing to attend. Please contact us via, email@example.com if you would like to know more. For the conference brochure, click here.
Update on junior doctor competition
CASC and HQIP’s annual clinical audit and quality improvement competition for junior doctors is well underway and those wishing to submit their entries have until 1st September to complete and send in their abstracts. Junior doctors can enter one entry per competition and we are aiming to exceed 150 total entries in 2015. We have already received a number of submissions, including our first international entry (from South America!). Over the course of July we will be updating the junior doctor section of our website to include copies of all previous winners posters. Entry forms and a PDF poster providing details of the current competition are already available, by clicking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com