Junior Doctor competition entry deadline closing in
With the closing date at the end of August, there are now just under two months remaining for junior doctors to submit their abstracts to our clinical audit and quality improvement competitions. Once again interest in the competitions has been high so please alert your junior doctors to both competitions. To make entry less arduous and time consuming, we have reduced the required word count down from 1000 to 800. Entry templates and full instructions are available on the CASC website along with examples of award winning entries from previous years. The competition is now in its seventh year with the provisional date for the finals day scheduled as 30th November in Leicester. To access the submission form and competition rules, please click here.
Join the online Improvement FUNdamentals course
The Improvement FUNdamentals course has been set up by NHS England Sustainable Improvement Team, Qulturum and the Jonkoping Academy (Sweden). The online course has run twice in the last twelve months and covers the fundamentals of quality improvement in health and care. The course is free, focuses mainly on the model for improvement and is delivered online via short films, articles and activities. CASC Director, Stephen Ashmore graduated from the last course and he found it a useful learning experience with access to a number of motivating case studies. 2015 learners were expected to complete the course in 8 weeks but the course is now available as self-paced and directed learning so you can work through the content at your own speed. To find out more, click here.
Book for Train the Trainer on 28 September
CASC’s Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course was established in 2008 and provides help, advice and a wide range of materials for those wanting to conduct local clinical audit training. The accredited one-day course is highly interactive and fun with all learners gaining a copy to our Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit plus lots more new resources developed over the last 12 months. A highlight of the course is that all learners are given the opportunity to prepare a short ten-minute teaching session and practice this in front of their peers. The next course takes place in Leicester at the end of September and can also be conducted in-house. For more details, click here.
March NAGCAE minutes: what’s the story?
Minutes from the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) meeting that took place on 16 March have recently been released and the key headlines are as follows: data sharing remains a ‘major barrier to the work of national clinical audits’, ‘the current NCA model’ that focuses on single conditions will not be fit-for-purpose in light of the Five Year Forward View for NCAs and NCAs will need to focus on populations and care pathways, a new model for procuring national clinical audits is being explored, there has been a 15% cut implemented to national clinical audits and NCAPOP members agreed ‘ongoing funding once a NCA was mature should not automatically be from NCAPOP', HQIP announced ‘five additional associate directors to support the NCAPOP are being recruited’ and that their ‘information governance issues were becoming more time consuming’. To access the full minutes, click here.
Get hold of useful Health Foundation resources!
We have become aware from recent events and training sessions that many clinical audit and quality improvement staff are unaware of a number of useful resources available via the Health Foundation. For example, their quick guide ‘Quality improvement made simple’ is an excellent 44 page pamphlet that covers the roots of QI (Deming, Juran, etc.) and provides short overviews of many established quality improvement approaches used in healthcare. We would also highly recommend two further Health Foundation resources: ‘Evaluation: what to consider’ (quick guide) and ‘Using communications approaches to spread improvement (practical guide). Click here to access resources from the Health Foundation.
CASC to present at Autumn Conference
CASC are delighted to be able to announce that we will be presenting at the Clinical Audit for Improvement conference scheduled to take place in Birmingham on 5th October. The 30-minute presentation is entitled: ‘Taking clinical audit to the next level’ and will be an interactive workshop examining the outputs of our recent reinvigoration studying and focusing on how clinical audit can outperform current expectations. The event will be chaired by NAGCAE member Dr. Bob Young and also includes keynote speakers from HQIP (Mandy Smith), NHS England (Cathy Hassell) and NQICAN (Carl Walker). The delegate rate for clinical audit professionals is £250+VAT although CASC can access a discounted rate so please contact us if this is an event you would like to attend. For more details click here.
CASC news: what is coming up?
Over the summer CASC are working on a number of established and new projects. Next month we will release the full report from our 2015 State of Clinical Audit survey, plus the 2015-16 clinical audit jobs report (which we hope will show a marked increase in jobs advertised!). We are updating our root cause analysis materials following feedback from learners to further enhance this course so please get in touch if you require in-house patient safety training. Our reinvigoration work is gathering pace and we plan to release our short guide explaining how clinical audit could be improved very soon. We are also working on a number of new guides in collaboration with Practice Index. Please visit www.clinicalauditsupport.com for all the latest news.
Latest HQIP news: SUN showcased
Early in June, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership released a new video showcasing the work of their Service User Network (SUN). In addition to the video HQIP have published three new and updated Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) guides (one featuring the voluntary work of CASC Director, Stephen Ashmore). Aside from PPI work, June has also seen the appointment of two new HQIP directors, plus the release of presentations from the ‘Reporting for Impact’ NCAPOP supplier event held in March. The report from last November’s joint HQIP and Care Quality Commission workshop entitled ‘Using Trust-level national clinical audit data for QA and QI’ is also now live on the HQIP website. To access these materials, 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 email@example.com
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