NCAPOP survey highlights significant difference of opinion
At the end of August, Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) wrote to all Trusts detailing significant changes to the arrangements for annual funding of the National Clinical Audit Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). In effect, Keogh’s letter (click here to read more) altered the NCAPOP payment model from a pro-rata format to a fixed-rate payment for all Trusts. In response to many enquiries from Trusts voicing concerns about the new arrangements, CASC set up an online survey to gain feedback. 66 respondents completed the short survey and it highlighted a huge difference of opinion with 71% of Acute Trusts preferring the new [fixed-rate] payment as opposed to 93% of Community and Mental Health Trusts preferring the old [pro-rata] funding model. We will produce a full report in due course, but to read more, click here.
Stellar speaker line-up for junior doctor finals day
CASC are delighted to be able to reveal the full line-up for this year’s junior doctor finals day on 30th November. The main focus of the event will be to showcase the excellent clinical audit and QI work of junior doctors. Professor Keenan (HQIP Medical Director) will chair the event and discuss how clinical audit impacts on medical revalidation. The following speakers are also confirmed: Carl Walker (Chairman of NQICAN), Scott Hogan (BMJ Quality), David Sutton and Louise Miller (from NICE), plus James Hilton from the Art of Brilliance. The event will also feature previous winners of the clinical audit and QI awards presenting their work, to include Dr. Barker (pictured) from Dr. Toolbox (QI winners in 2014 and also winners of the HSJ Awards). The event will be of particular interest to clinical audit and QI professionals who support junior doctors in their work. To access the flyer, click here.
Latest news from HQIP
HQIP have updated one of their most well known documents, the Best Practice in Clinical Audit guide. The guide provides details of what one would expect of a high quality clinical audit project, for example: audit should measure performance against standards, should be carried out under the leadership of a named clinician, the action plan must be implemented and effects monitored, etc. To access the new guide, click here. In other HQIP news we note the recent retirement of Mandy Smith (Quality Improvement and Development Facilitator). Mandy has been a key member of HQIP’s Quality Improvement and Development Team focusing on supporting local clinical audit. We wish her well in her retirement.
#CAAW fast approaching
This year’s Clinical Audit Awareness Week (#CAAW) will take place from 22 November to 30 November and will encompass HQIP’s involvement in the Patient First conference in London and CASC’s junior doctor finals day in Leicester. Clinical Audit Awareness Week is now an established part of the calendar with Trusts and audit teams encouraged to run events that showcase their work and highlight the value of clinical audit. As part of #CAAW 2016 HQIP are on the search for their Clinical Audit Heroes and you can find out more by clicking here. Meanwhile, the CASC team are in the process of preparing an array of materials for #CAAW and we plan to release a new document on each of the nine days that #CAAW encompasses. We have already prepared a Guide to Twitter for Clinical Audit professionals, new training materials, plus our annual crossword. Please visit our website and Twitter account @cascleicester during #CAAW to find out more.
Accredited training courses for January 2017
CASC have announced a series of accredited training sessions that will take place in Leicester in January 2017. There include: Advanced Clinical Audit (17 January), Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit (18 January) and the Root Cause Analysis Masterclass (19 January). In addition to these sessions, we are also delivering clinical audit training in Portsmouth on 18 November, so if you are interested in attending, please get in touch. Learners can join our clinical audit distance-learning course at any time and this is popular with clinicians and new clinical audit staff who want support conducting a clinical audit project. If you would like information on any of the above courses, please get in touch via (0116) 264 3411.
Free places for Patient First
The annual Patient First conference is set to take place at Excel arena in London from 22 to 23 November. The event is being sponsored by HQIP and there is still time to access free places, click here. The event also incorporates the Quality Improvement Theatre, specifically designed to support healthcare professionals involved in measuring and improving healthcare quality. The QI theatre line up is now available and includes: Carl Walker (NQICAN chairman) talking on clinicians and QI staff creating effective partnerships, Prof Mike Roberts explaining local improvements following the National COPD audit, Susan Murray and Jessica Watts focusing on local improvement resulting from the national UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Audit and Dave Murray and Sarah Hare explaining how the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit has led to local improvement. To see the full speaker lineup, click here.
We reported in our October newsletter the surprise announcement that NHS England decided to disband the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) headed by Nick Black. NAGCAE were set up in 2008 to oversee the reinvigoration of both national and local clinical audit and to also provide expert guidance to the Department of Health. Interestingly, NAGCAE appointed several new members early in 2016 but in August 2016 it was announced via Twitter that the group was being disbanded. After an initial lull in information, NHSE have since provided an official statement explaining why NAGCAE have been disbanded here. The statement notes ‘NHS England’s need for independent advice on clinical audit has changed’ but does not mention the reinvigoration of clinical audit nor how NHSE will elicit expert advice on conducting clinical audit in future.
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