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eNewsletter - Issue 92 - December 2016

Winners announced at junior doctor awards


On 30 November, CASC and HQIP teamed up to run the seventh annual junior doctor awards event at Devonshire Place in Leicester. The awards included keynote speakers from HQIP, NICE, BMJ Quality and NQICAN and brought the curtain down on the 2016 Clinical Audit Awareness Week. Over sixty clinical audit and quality improvement posters were showcased at the event with the winners in the key categories listed as: Drs Llewellyn and Barnes from Warrington Hospitals who were awarded the Martin Ferris Award for Clinical Audit for their audit of haemoglobin, Dr Zou at al from Nottingham University Hospitals were awarded Clinical Audit of the Year for their audit that improved patient sleep and Dr Javaid et al from Queens Hospital and King George Hospital won the Quality Improvement Project of the Year award for their work on end of life care. A full list of all winners is available here.

Tracy named as a Clinical Audit Hero!


CASC are thrilled that HQIP have bestowed the honour of Clinical Audit Hero on CASC Director, Tracy Ruthven. Tracy has worked in clinical audit and QI since 1994, starting out as a trainee clinical auditor in a hospital. She has subsequently worked in primary care and community teams while also running Leicestershire’s Interface Clinical Audit Group. She left the NHS in 2006 to set up CASC and has continued to share her knowledge with a wide range of teams. She is widely published and continues to show how clinical audit can make a real difference in healthcare. We understand that she received four nominations! At a wider level, HQIP’s Audit Hero campaign has proved a great success during Clinical Audit Awareness Week and you can read about Tracy and all the other heroes (including Dr. Javaid pictured with Tracy above) here.

Time for the 7th Annual CASC clinical audit survey


Many of you who work in clinical audit and quality improvement will be aware that since 2010 we have conducted a short online survey to establish the current state of clinical audit. The survey looks at many different aspect of clinical audit: views on the quality of national audits, local funding arrangements, patient involvement, re-audit rates, use and rating of central resources, etc. To access the most recent report, click here. The survey take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. This year’s survey runs until midnight on 24 December and initial results will be shared during the first-half of January 2017. Please take part and encourage others to get involved. To access the survey, click here.

New podcast: Taking clinical audit to the next level


As part of the October 2016 national clinical audit conference held in Birmingham, CASC were invited to review the current state of clinical audit and suggest how improvements could be made. The presentation was well received but only witnessed by approximately 60 delegates and therefore in order to spread our message we have created a 20-minute film. The film focuses on 1) the current position of clinical audit and 2) our seven recommendations on how we could significantly enhance clinical audit. The film is purely based on CASC’s personal viewpoint and experiences, but we feel passionately that the time has come to make some significant changes in direction. For example, the publicly funded national audit programme focuses almost exclusively on hospitals with the likes of care homes and prisons untouched by this initiative. This is not a sustainable and equitable approach to the delivery of national audit. To watch the film, click here.

Full report on NCAPOP funding survey


As featured in our last e-newsletter, during the Autumn months we conducted a short online survey to ascertain views from the clinical audit community in relation to the recent changes in funding for the National Clinical Audit Patients Outcome Programme. 66 respondents kindly completed the survey and the full report is now available and this includes all comments, as received. The headline results show a huge difference of opinion with 71% of Acute Trust respondents preferring the new [fixed-rate] payment, as opposed to 93% of Community and Mental Health Trust repsondents preferring the old [pro-rata] funding model. The report also highlights that many respondents were not made aware of the funding change. It is fair to say that in all the years CASC have conducted surveys, we have never received such passionate and direct comments. To download the report, click here.

Book now for FREE community and mental health day


CASC are delighted to announce that on 24 March 2017 we will be holding a free event for clinical audit professionals working in a community and/or mental health setting. The event will commence with a short presentation focusing on the current state of clinical audit. Thereafter, CASC will facilitate the day and we will focus on: current national clinical audit provision for Community and Mental Health Trusts, discussions on how clinical audit in this sector is resourced and supported, sharing best practice, etc. With so much current national focus on Acute Trusts the purpose of the day is to enable community and mental health staff the chance to share their experiences and network with like-minded people. The event is free but places are limited. You can book your place via this Eventbrite link.

#CAAW proves a great success


This year’s #CAAW took place from 22 to 30 November and proved to be a huge success. The week incorporated large HQIP-led initiatives such as their Quality Improvement lecture theatre as part of the Patient First event and the Junior Doctor Awards Day, but also featured many local and regional events to showcase wider clinical audit support, work and initiatives. The CASC team tried hard to support #CAAW and in addition to many resources featured in this newsletter we also provided a Clinical Audit Crossword, ran a Twitter treasure hunt and attended a number of excellent local clinical audit events and training sessions. At a local-level we observe that there are many enthusiastic and passionate staff with a real commitment to clinical audit and this was evident during #CAAW. We hope #CAAW becomes an annual event and look forward to #CAAW 2017!

New Twitter guide for clinical audit professionals


With the fairly recent demise of HQIP’s National Clinical Audit Forum and CASC’s discussion board on the Clinical Audit Tools website, it has become increasingly clear that those who want to discuss and talk about clinical audit are turning to Twitter. Indeed, there has been a significant increase in the use of Twitter by key clinical audit and QI bodies such as HQIP, NQICAN, NCA providers, etc. CASC find that many clinical audit professionals we meet are nervous of Twitter and reticent to use it, so we have created a comprehensive guide aimed at those with an interest in clinical audit. The guide is succinct and provides details of how to set up your Twitter account and use the resource effectively. We explain the key terminology and advise how to search for useful clinical audit information. To download the guide, click here

Two new award winning junior doctor films online


As part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week we released two new short films from award winning junior doctors explaining how their projects improved patient care. Both films won prizes at the 2014 CASC and HQIP awards and they bring the total of short films undertaken and narrated by junior doctors on Clinical Audit TV up to a total of eight. Dr. Suleyman’s eight-minute film entitled “An Audit of Time to X-ray in Neck of Femur Fractures” compares practice against a College for Emergency Medicine clinical standard. In addition, the ten-minute film narrated by Dr. Saifuddin and Dr. Magee entitled “Chase CRP, Review Patient” focuses on how the quality of out-of-hours medical handover was improved. To watch the films, 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 electronic copy then please email us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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