CASC enter tenth year in business
At the start of September 2015, the CASC team celebrated nine years since setting up the business in 2006. In many ways it is strange to consider that when CASC started out the clinical audit and quality improvement landscape was very different from today, with no HQIP, NAGCAE, etc. In the last nine years we have worked with many different partners and agencies and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have commissioned our training and support. To celebrate our tenth year in business we will be launching a number of new accredited courses and initiatives. In addition, we are planning to offer discounted rates for our services for a short period of time and more details will be provided in the near future.
Excellent response to junior doctor competition
Once again, CASC have been delighted with the response to the annual clinical audit and quality improvement junior doctor competitions that we run in conjunction with HQIP. This year we have received in excess of 130 entries with a marked increase in QI competition submissions, plus entries from all four home nations, South America and Africa! The deadline for entries closed on 1st September and all abstracts will now be scrutinized and assessed. All entrants will receive feedback on their submission before the end of September and the Finals Day is set to take place in Leicester on 18th November. We are aware that many clinical audit and QI staff helped raise awareness and we would like to thank all who kindly promoted the competition.
Fantastic response to survey of accredited learners
Over the course of the summer CASC contacted all learners who from 2007 to 2015 attained accreditation via one of our courses and invited them to complete a short online questionnaire. Just over 100 accredited learners provided invaluable feedback and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who completed the survey. We have been truly humbled by the results and the numerous kind and positive comments. 100% of respondents stated that the course they studied for represented value for money, 99% of learners responded that the course met their expectations with 99% of learners noting that they would recommend the course to others. Learners also provided lots of comments and we will be using the feedback to make subtle changes in an attempt to improve our courses further. In addition, learners suggested several new courses they would like CASC to deliver and we are working with our accrediting body to bring these ideas to fruition in the near future.
NCAF closes after 6 years
On 25th August, HQIP closed the doors to their National Clinical Audit Forum (better known as NCAF). Almost 10 years ago the then Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson called for the creation of a forum whereby clinical audit and quality improvement professionals could share their ideas and best practice. As a result HQIP opened NCAF in 2009 and over 2,000 members signed up to the forum which offered a discussion board, announcements page, documents share, etc. Despite the high numbers of members, the discussion board struggled to gain momentum and in 2015 only a handful of comments were submitted. HQIP announced their decision to close NCAF at the end of July and you can read more via this link.
Book now for accredited CASC courses
Please be aware that we have a number of places available on our accredited Advanced Clinical Audit course scheduled to take place in Leicester on 4th November. In addition, we have had a number of enquiries in relation to our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course so if you are interested in this please get in touch. We are currently in the process of setting dates for our new course that will focus on using root cause analysis techniques to ensure clinical audit reaches its potential. This is a course that was commissioned by HQIP and ran successfully for 8 workshops between November 2014 and January 2015. The course will be accredited and all learners will be provided with a copy of the forthcoming HQIP/CASC guide. Full details of this course will be available in the October newsletter, but if you would like to register interest at this stage then please get in touch.
Kat Young announces her departure
Many of you will know Katharine (Kat) Young from Berkshire who is currently the Chair of the National Quality Improvement Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) and clinical audit representative on NAGCAE. Kat has announced that she is moving onto a new role within NHS England South Region, leading on the development of Specialist Trauma Services. Consequently Kat will be leaving both her NQICAN and NAGCAE positions and we wish her all the best. Certainly Kat has overseen many positive changes within NQICAN, starting with changing the name from the awful NAGG acronym and setting up a number of key task and finish groups. We will provide details of who succeeds Kat as Chair of NQICAN and once the advert for her vacant NAGCAE post comes through we will circulate this widely as we know many of you working in clinical audit will be interested in applying.
HQIP call for new patient involvement case studies
Under the sterling work of Kim Rezel, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership gained a strong track record for identifying patient involvement in clinical audit and wider quality improvement projects. With this in mind, in mid-August HQIP put out a call for new best practice case studies illustrating patient and public involvement (PPI). HQIP are particularly interested in best practice in PPI around co-participation and patient-led quality improvement projects. In parallel to this work, CASC were delighted to supply HQIP with details of an innovative PPI case study that involved the work of a patient participation group in a primary care setting. We understand this case study will be published in the near future. If you would like more details of how to submit your PPI case study to HQIP, then please click here.
Book for clinical audit conference
Healthcare Conferences UK’s clinical audit for improvement conference scheduled to take place in Birmingham on 7th October is fast approaching. The event will be chaired by Professor Pauline Ong, member of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) and Professor of Health Services Research at Keele University. The event features a mix of local and national speakers, including Cathy Hassell (Deputy Director Quality Programmes from NHS England). CASC will be exhibiting at the event so please visit our stand if you attend and when booking please quote that you have seen details of the day via CASC to gain a discount. To see full details of the day, please 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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