‘State of clinical audit report’ now published
The full report for CASC’s annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey is now available with the 18-page document providing a full account of over 100 survey responses received in December 2014. Highlights include: a rise in respondents stating they feel more positive about clinical audit (45.5%) than a year ago (39.9%) and the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme being voted ‘the most effective national audit’ for the fifth consecutive year. The proportion of NCA’s rated ‘excellent/good’ dropped below 30% for the first time in our survey and successful patient involvement in clinical audit remains a concern with just 6.4% of respondents classifying patient involvement in audits as ‘good’. To read the full report, click here.
Deadline for junior doctors is approaching
The deadline for abstract submissions for our annual junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement is fast approaching and all entries must reach us before 1st September. To date, the response has been excellent with the number of abstracts on par with entries received in 2014. CASC are delighted to announce that the Finals Day for the competition is confirmed as 18th November and Professor Keenan, HQIP Medical Director will chair the event. Please encourage your junior doctors who have carried out clinical audit and QI projects to enter. Full details are available here.
HQIP launch new QI methods guide
On 10th July HQIP launched their impressive new Quality Improvement Methods guide. The 35-page document was produced for HQIP by Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd (DNV-GL) and focuses on twelve QI methods, including: clinical audit, plan do study act, model for improvement, lean/six sigma, performance benchmarking, failure modes and effects analysis, statistical process control, root cause analysis, etc. The guide is concise and readable and can be downloaded here.
HQIP announce closure of NCAF
HQIP have announced that their National Clinical Audit Forum (NCAF) will be closing on 25th August 2015. The resource which was initially requested by the Chief Medical Officer almost 10 years ago had the primary aim of helping clinical audit and quality improvement professionals network and share resources. Over 2,500 members signed-up to the resource and key features included a discussion board, document share facility, events calendar, groups and networks, etc. Although CASC championed the resource and Stephen made the most discussion posts of any contributor uptake has waned and just five discussion items have been initiated in the last 12 months. NCAF contains almost 400 useful documents and those interested have until 5pm on 25th August to retrieve materials from NCAF via the HQIP website.
CASC Accreditation survey closed
Clinical Audit Support Centre would like to offer a massive ‘thank you’ to all of our accredited learners who took the time in the last six weeks to complete our short questionnaire via Survey Monkey. The questionnaire asked accredited learners to rate their experience of CASC courses, provide feedback on the accreditation process and submit additional information in relation to other courses they would like to see CASC deliver. We are now in the process of reviewing the data and further details will be published in the September issue of our electronic newsletter. All learners who supplied their name were entered into a prize draw and the winner selected at random was Richard Maddison, who wins £25 of gift vouchers.
RCEM NCA data entry is now open!
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine have asked Clinical Audit Support Centre to inform all clinical audit professionals that the data entry website for their 2015-16 national clinical audits opened on 31 July. The data entry period runs from 1 Aug – 31 Jan 2016. All three audits are on the Quality Accounts list. If your Trust has not yet registered – there’s still time! The RCEM audit team will be accepting registrations until the end of the data entry period (January 2016), but the sooner you register the more time you will have to enter your data. Download the registration form here.
Forthcoming events: conference and SEA
Healthcare Conferences UK’s ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ one-day conference will take place at Colmore Gate Conference Centre in Birmingham on 7th October. The event features a number of keynote speakers, including Pauline Ong and Kat Young (members of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries) and Cathy Hassell (Deputy Director Quality Programmes, NHS England). The day also features a range of local presentations, including a session entitled 'Learning from CQC Inspection’. To find out more, click here. In addition, CASC are running a Significant Event Audit workshop for hospices and palliative care services in London on 3rd November. More details are available here.
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