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eNewsletter - Issue 83 - March 2016

HQIP publish CASC RCA guide

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CASC are delighted to report that our new 36 page guide ‘Using root cause analysis techniques in clinical audit’ is now available via the HQIP website. CASC were commissioned to write the guide after delivering eight local training workshops in 2014-15 and the document includes guidance on a wide range of RCA techniques, including: five whys, cause and effect diagram (fishbone), brainstorming/writing, nominal group technique, change analysis, process mapping, run charts, Pareto analysis, etc. The guide explains how RCA techniques may be used to add value to clinical audit but will be useful to anyone who wants to develop an understanding of RCA methods. To coincide with the launch of the new guide CASC are available to run accredited in-house training to any teams or regional groups who want to better understand how to use RCA in clinical audit – contact us for more details. To access the new guide visit www.hqip.org.uk

CASC ready for clinical audit reinvigoration workshop

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Healthcare Conferences UK have invited the CASC team to deliver a 90-minute workshop at their annual ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ conference taking place in London on 8th March. The workshop will focus on whether clinical audit has been reinvigorated since Sir Liam Donaldson (pictured) first laid down this challenge in his 2006 ‘Good Doctors, Safer Patients’ report. CASC have extensively researched the drive for reinvigoration from 2006 onwards and will be revisiting what improvements were recommended and whether these have subsequently been delivered. The workshop will feature views from key stakeholders in this process, including NHS England, HQIP, NAGCAE and NQICAN. For more details of the event, click here.

CASC getting set for nurse revalidation

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Nurse revalidation commences in April 2016 and although clinical audit and quality improvement projects are not an explicit requirement (unlike medical revalidation) it is likely that many nurses will undertake clinical audits to show appraisers how they reflect on their work and improve patient care. As a result, CASC are compiling various resources to assist nurses who wish to conduct clinical audit projects. These include a simple five page document ‘Clinical audit: a guide’ first published in Nursing Management in April 2008, details of our accredited distance-learning course for nurses, plus access to a range of additional materials, e.g. Excel spreadsheets, short films, etc. We can also deliver accredited in-house training for nurses in clinical audit, root cause analysis, significant event audit and a range of quality improvement techniques. For more details contact the CASC team.

Tweet updates from the latest NQICAN meeting

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Many of you will be aware that the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network is the ‘network of networks’ for clinical audit professionals and brings together the key leaders of the regional audit networks. NQICAN meet quarterly and held their first meeting of 2016 on 2nd March in London. News and minutes of NQICAN meetings can be accessed via http://www.nqican.org.uk. The tweets from the latest meeting suggest that HQIP’s contract will be renewed given Mandy Smith (HQIP) attended the meeting and it was reported ‘@MandyHQIP sharing @hqip plans for their new contract’. NQICAN tweets also recognize there is currently no regional audit group in the North East so if you would like to help support this contact @nqican

Forthcoming CASC courses

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We offer a range of accredited courses and currently have availability for the following workshops to be held in Leicester: Advanced Clinical Audit (16th March and 16th June), Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit (17th March), Root Cause Analysis Masterclass (26th May). We hope to release dates for Significant Event Audit training later in 2016 whilst the new ‘Quality Improvement Methods’ course will be accredited by the Open College Network very soon. In addition, learners can join our Clinical Audit Distance-Learning course at any point in the year and we currently have learners from the UK, North America and Africa studying for this qualification!

NAGCAE seeking an experienced nurse

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The National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries are currently recruiting for an experienced nurse member. NAGCAE were established in 2008 and provide guidance and advice to NHS England on all matters relating to clinical audit. For more details on the work of the group, click here. NAGCAE meet four times per year in London and members are reimbursed for their time at a rate of £144.62 per day. In addition to attending the quarterly meetings, members may be asked to do additional work and sit on other committees (totalling a maximum commitment of up to 15 days per year). If you are interested in the vacancy, click here.

Book now for Bristol Patient Safety Conference

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Bookings are now being taken for the third annual Bristol Patient Safety conference scheduled to take place in Clifton Down on 4th May 2016. Keynote speakers for the event include: Richard Annandale (Healthcare lawyer), Deborah Evans (West of England Academic Health Science Network) and Dr. Mike Durkin (National Director of Patient Safety at NHS England). Delegates also select two workshops in the afternoon from: Quality improvement clinic, Sepsis: implementing improvement, best practice in handling complaints and learning from legal cases. The cost to attend is £195 per delegate and more details are available by clicking here.

Request your CASC information pack

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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

Tell your friends/colleagues about our E Newsletter

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Since we launched our E Newsletter in February 2007 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up! The E News is free and delivered direct to your email account every month. The newsletter provides you with a mix of CASC-related and other clinical audit news to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the world of clinical audit. Don't forget, if you have missed a previous issue of E News please visit the eNews section of our website where all previous issues are archived. Please email to sign up for your copy: info@clinicalauditsupport.com


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