Bumper response to 6th CASC annual survey
182 respondents completed CASC’s sixth annual clinical audit survey in December (a significant increase on the 101 respondents in 2014). CASC would like to thank all those who took the time and effort to complete the survey. For the sixth consecutive year the most popular answer to assess the quality of national clinical audits was ‘moderate’ with 48.6% of respondents selecting this option. Other highlights included: 84% stated ‘local’ audit is most effective at improving patient care (compared to 16% ‘national’), 71% rated patient involvement in clinical audit as ‘poor’ (up from 67% in 2014) and 36% stated that they felt ‘more positive’ about clinical audit compared to 46% in 2014. Worryingly only 12% of respondents stated they had ‘more resources’ to conduct clinical audit in their organisation compared to 50% who answered they had ‘less resources’. To read the full set of interim results, click here.
Hats off to SSNAP!
For the sixth consecutive year respondents to CASC’s annual clinical audit survey have voted the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) as the ‘most effective’ national audit. Indeed, SSNAP was the undisputed winner, polling more votes (26) than the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Audits (8), National Audit of Emergency Laparotomy (7) and National Audit of Schizophrenia (6) that ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the poll. Conversely, the clear ‘winner’ for the ‘least effective’ national clinical audit was the NCA for Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis. This polled 10 votes, some way ahead of the End of Life Care: Dying in Hospital Audit (6 votes). To view the full set of interim results from the survey, click here.
HQIP publish updated statistics guidance
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) recently published ‘An introduction to statistics for local clinical audit and improvement’. The 30-page guide is user-friendly and includes sections on: types of data (continuous and discrete), descriptive statistics (mean, mode, median, percentages), ways to present findings (bar charts, histogram, line graph, pie chart, etc.), populations and sampling (including sample size, representative or random sampling techniques, etc.). The guide also includes a glossary of useful terms, plus a sample size table in appendix 1. To access the guide visit www.hqip.org.uk
CASC Director features in new HQIP PPI case study
CASC are delighted to announce that the voluntary work conducted by Stephen Ashmore (CASC Director) at Merridale Medical Centre has been published by HQIP as a best practice case study for involving patients. Stephen has chaired the Patient Participation Group (PPG) since 2014 and has helped the PPG to significantly strengthen governance arrangements for the group in that time. The terms of reference have been revised, new roles and responsibilities have been created and all members must sign a confidentiality agreement. In addition, the PPG expanded their membership to be more representative of the practice population and Stephen has helped the practice use clinical audit and in particular run charts to measure and better understand care delivered to patients. To access the case study, click here.
CASC course dates for early 2016
If you are looking to attain an accredited qualification in quality improvement then you may be interested in CASC’s forthcoming course dates. We are running our Advanced Clinical Audit course on 16th March and this is followed on 17th March with our Train the Train in Clinical Audit course. Our new course focusing on risk management, entitled ‘Significant Event Audit and Root Cause Analysis in a Day’ will be held on 22nd March and discounts are available as this is a new course. All courses take place in Leicester and further details can be found by clicking here. Please note we can deliver in-house bespoke versions of all courses found on the training page of our website.
DNA Excel tracker is coming!
CASC have become increasingly aware that many GP practices (and other healthcare providers) struggle with the high number of patients who fail to attend their appointments. This can have a significant impact resulting in patients who fail to attend (DNA) preventing unwell patients from seeing a healthcare professional and wasting NHS time, resources and money. To help predominantly GP practices better measure their weekly DNA rates over time, CASC have developed a ‘DNA Excel tracker’ that is simple to use and that creates an annual run chart to monitor DNA rates. The resource also includes guidance on how to try and reduce DNA levels, plus signposting to a range of useful resources. We expect the ‘DNA Excel tracker’ to be launched in February, but please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in this resource.
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