HQIP join forces with CASC
We are delighted to announce that for a fourth consecutive year, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has joined forces with CASC to support and sponsor the seventh annual junior doctors clinical audit and quality improvement awards. HQIP will be providing speakers for the Finals Day event (scheduled to take place in Leicester at the end of November) and contributing to the cost of running the competition (so places can be kept to a minimal cost). There is now less than a month for juniors to submit their entries to both competitions (deadline is the end of August). Please encourage junior doctors to take part and submit their work. Full details are available by clicking here.
6th State of Clinical Audit report released
Every December CASC’s annual online survey aims to put a finger on the pulse of clinical audit to gauge the mood and identify key themes. The full report for the 2015 survey (our sixth) is now available and includes data from 182 respondents. Once again, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) was voted the ‘most effective’ national audit (by a huge margin) with the National Audit for Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis voted ‘least effective’ NCA. Overall views on NCAs remained similar to previous years with almost half (48.6%) rating NCAs as ‘moderate’. It was disappointing to note that there was a rise in respondents feeling more negative towards clinical audit (up from 17% in 2014 to 26% in 2015) and an increase in those stating they had fewer resources to conduct clinical audit (up from 41% in 2014 to 50% in 2016). The report also features a new section of results focusing on the reinvigoration of clinical audit. To download the report, click here.
Applications open to join the Q initiative
In 2015 the Health Foundation established the Q initiative (co-funded by NHS Improvement) in order to build a network of 5,000 quality improvement experts for healthcare by 2020. Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. A community of 231 founding members received extensive training and networking opportunities in the first twelve months. As part of the pilot to grow the community, opportunities to join Q are now open until 18 August. There is no membership fee to join and Q is not a taught programme. Potential applicants should think of Q as a network of support for those who already have experience in undertaking quality improvement work. If you are interested in applying and/or want to find out more, click here.
HQIP developing lots of resources
In addition to the publication of three new and updated patient and public involvement (PPI) guides at the start of June, CASC understand from the HQIP update given to NQICAN members on the 15 June that HQIP are in the process of developing a number of resources. HQIP’s Criteria and indicators for best practice in clinical audit have been reviewed by NQICAN, with both the Guide for clinical audit leads and Guide to involving junior doctors in clinical audit and QI now undergoing final design and review prior to publication. The much anticipated Information governance for local clinical audit guide was reviewed by the HQIP Information Governance Advisory Group on 19 May while work continues on the new Using clinical audit for commissioning guide for CCGs. HQIP project an update to their Statutory and mandatory requirements for clinical audit will be available in September. For more details, visit www.hqip.org.uk.
We salute Kate Granger!
Many of you will doubtless be aware that Dr. Kate Granger recently lost her battle to cancer aged 34. Kate was responsible for setting up the #hellomynameis campaign, aimed primarily at encouraging all healthcare professionals to introduce themselves to patients. The campaign has been a huge success and in 2014 Kate kindly attended our annual clinical audit and quality improvement awards event in Leicester to speak to junior doctors and to remind them of the importance of #hellomynameis. Her talk inspired many of those present to work with CASC to create a short film supporting and highlighting the importance of this simple initiative. CASC will continue to support the #hellomynameis campaign and encourage you to watch the short film created by the junior doctors in 2014. Click here to watch the film. Click here for Kate’s just giving page.
200 not out for CASC jobs bulletin
CASC are delighted to be able to announce that August 2016 marks the publication of our 200th clinical audit job vacancy bulletin. The first bulletin was published in July 2009 and since then CASC have alerted the clinical audit and quality improvement community to over 1100 job vacancies. The bulletin is published two or three times per month and features all clinical audit job opportunities featured on the NHS Jobs website. In addition, we are often asked by national bodies to feature their current vacancies. To read the latest vacancy bulletin, click here. To read our 2016 report looking at all vacancies from 2009 to 2016, click here.
HQIP offer free passes to Patient First
We encourage subscribers to HQIP’s eBulletin to apply for free educational passes to the two-day Patient First conference taking place at London’s Excel on 22-23 November. The event attracts over 3,000 delegates and is one of the UK’s largest patient-safety focused events. HQIP are sponsoring the event and will oversee the content of the ‘Quality Improvement Theatre’ – a specialist stage that will feature ‘how to’ seminars, case studies and debates. HQIP are offering free places for both days of the conference (worth £399) on a first-come, first served basis and you can find out more by clicking here. To find out more about the wider Patient First event, visit www.patientfirstuk.com.
Forthcoming events for Autumn 2016
CASC are pleased to be presenting at the annual Clinical Audit for Improvement event taking place in Birmingham on 5th October. CASC will be looking at how we take clinical audit to the next level and there are also speakers from NHS England, NAGCAE and HQIP. Discounts are available for CASC customers: simply quote ‘hcuk20spk” when booking in order to gain a 20% discount. Meanwhile, we are running our accredited Advanced Clinical Audit course in Leicester on 27th September and our Train the Trainer course in Leicester on 28th September. For those based in Scotland we are running Advanced Clinical Audit in Glasgow on 29th September. Please contact us for more details of all our courses.
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