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eNewsletter - Issue 84 - April 2016

CASC’s clinical audit leadership survey


As part of the wider work that the Clinical Audit Support Centre are undertaking in relation to the reinvigoration of clinical audit we are encouraging those who work in/have an interest in clinical audit to participate in our clinical audit leadership survey. This is anonymous and involves completion of a short online SurveyMonkey questionnaire that will take participants less than ten minutes to complete. The survey focuses on the work of the two main bodies charged with reinvigorating clinical audit since 2006: the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE). Results of the survey will be posted on the CASC website and featured in our May eNewsletter. Please share details of the survey with colleagues and complete the survey by clicking here.

NHS Improvement is born!


Many of you will be aware that 1 April 2016 marked the birth of NHS Improvement. According to their website NHS Improvement ‘support foundation trusts and NHS trusts to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable'. Led by chief executive, Jim Mackay (pictured), NHS Improvement is the operational name for an organisation that brings together: Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, National Reporting and Learning Systems, Advancing Change Team and the Intensive Support Team. Despite being in their infancy, NHS Improvement offer many useful resources and we particularly like their improvement directory. For more details, click here.

CASC’s new DNA Tracker is launched


Over the course of the last two years, CASC have been helping GP practices to address the issue of patients who miss their appointments (commonly known as DNAs: Did Not Attends). With the ever-increasing demand for appointments in primary care, DNAs can create a significant problem with Health Minister, Dr. Dan Poulter estimating that 12 million appointments were lost in 2014 costing the NHS £162 million. CASC’s DNA tracker is an Excel toolkit that allows practices to monitor their weekly DNA rates via run charts. The toolkit includes tips on how to reduce your DNA rate and guidance on how to determine if changes are effective via run chart analysis. The DNA tracker is available on Practice Index website (a resource for GP Practice Managers) and includes links to a discussion board to facilitate further debate and sharing of ideas. To access Practice Index, click here.

Key messages from 2016 audit conference


On 8 March, the CASC team attended Healthcare Conferences UK annual Clinical Audit and Improvement event in London. For the first time in memory this was a shortened one-day event. Key speakers included HQIP, CQC, NAGCAE and NHS England. Key messages were: continued commitments to improve national clinical audits, a general appreciation that commissioners understanding of clinical audit is far from ideal, plus several speakers passionately voicing the need to focus on local clinical audit. As part of the event, CASC delivered a workshop dedicated to looking at the reinvigoration of clinical audit. The workshop concluded with a series of polls ands delegates voted as follow: 32% stated local clinical audit has been reinvigorated, 16% stated national audit has been reinvigorated. We will share more outputs from our ‘reinvigoration studies’ in our next newsletter.

Latest HQIP news


HQIP have recently published results from a number of their national clinical audit projects and these have received significant media attention. The National Diabetes Footcare Audit (NDFA) report examined the treatment of over 5,000 patients presenting with diabetic foot ulcers in 2014-15 and data from the National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions was published on 1st April. Data from the End of Life Care Audit shows that there has been steady progress in the care of dying people since the previous audit in 2013. Reports for all three of these national audits can be found on HQIP’s News and Events page. In addition, HQIP currently have a vacancy for a NCAPOP Commissioning Manager (salary up to £37,560). For more details on this vacancy, click here.

Book now for accredited RCA training


In addition to our clinical audit work, CASC focus heavily on patient safety with HQIP recently publishing our extensive root cause analysis guide, click here to download your copy. CASC’s one-day accredited training in root cause analysis (RCA) is ideal for those who want to better understand how to use RCA effectively. The course covers the key aspects of RCA: gathering evidence, mapping incidents, assessing data to identify causes, considering prevention barriers and solutions, action planning, sharing outputs, etc. All learners who undertake the training receive a copy of the CASC RCA guide, plus a wide range of additional materials. Training is delivered periodically in Leicester and can be delivered in-house. To find out more, contact the CASC team.

Final chance to access Clinical Audit Tools


As reported in previous issues of our eNewsletter we have taken the decision to close our Clinical Audit Tools website – www.clinicalaudittools.com. The website was introduced in March 2012 and has proved very popular but we have decided to focus on our business website in future. Some of the resources on Clinical Audit Tools will be migrated to our business website but not all! Therefore, if there are any materials you want from Clinical Audit Tools website we recommend that these are sourced with immediate effect.

Book now for “Trainees Leading Change” event


The Royal College of Psychiatrists have announced details of their “Trainees Leading Change” inaugural national quality improvement conference, taking place in London on 12 May 2016. The event is open to trainees, consultants plus members and non-members of the royal college with a standard fee of just £75. The aim of the event is to give delegates “an in-depth look at the science and practice of QI work” and promises access to “local, national and international experts in the field of mental health quality”. There is also the opportunity to submit your QI work for oral and poster presentations (200 word abstracts to be submitted by 15 April). For full details of the event, click here. All attendees gain five CPD points.

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

Tell your friends/colleagues about our E Newsletter


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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