Still time to enter junior doctor competitions
Please be aware that we have taken the decision to extend the deadline for entries to our annual clinical audit and quality improvement competitions from the end of August to midnight on Sunday 4th September 2016. We have taken this decision as we have been contacted by a number of local clinical audit teams and junior doctors asking for the deadline to incorporate a weekend. Please be aware no entries will be accepted after 4th September and details of how to enter the competition are available here. We are delighted to be able to announce that the Finals Day event will take place in Leicester on 30th November. Chair for the day will be HQIP’s Medical Director, Professor Danny Keenan but be advised we are looking for speakers from local clinical audit and QI teams so please get in touch if you would like to present.
Interested in NCAs: HQIP’s new short film is a must watch!
In May 2016 HQIP held a Clinical Leadership event at The Oval Cricket Ground for national clinical audit leaders. By way of reviewing the discussions and outcomes of the event, HQIP have produced a short film featuring HQIP Medical Director, Professor Keenan. Prof Keenan makes a number of key points, including: national audits are important to NHSE and CQC and produce high quality data, there needs to be further thought on how best NCA data can be reported and communicated, a move towards real-time NCA data is important and possible, further thought needs to be given to how we deal with negative and positive outliers, etc. HQIP have also published an associated report that goes into more depth and both resources are available here. When visiting this page you can also add your feedback via the HQIP comment board.
Book now for accredited CASC courses
On 27th September we will be holding another of our ever-popular Advanced Clinical Audit courses followed on 28th September by our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course. Both will be held at Devonshire Place in Leicester and full details are available here. For those based in Scotland, we will be delivering Advanced Clinical Audit on 29th September in Glasgow. If you can’t access our clinical audit training workshops then please consider our distance-learning course that helps learners undertake a project relevant to the care they deliver. You can join this course at any point in the year and you receive tutor support for one-year to complete a two-cycle audit and write a report. In addition, we offer all clinical audit courses plus root cause analysis, significant event audit and quality improvement in a day as onsite training workshops. Please get in touch for more details.
CASC plan survey of national clinical audit
Following the success of our annual clinical audit survey (conducted every December) we have ambitious plans to conduct the first-ever survey of national clinical audit early in 2017. To our knowledge this will be the first-ever survey of its type and we plan to focus primarily on experiences of NCA users. We will be contacting the likes of NHSE, HQIP, NAGCAE, NQICAN and suppliers of NCAs to gain their views on what they would like including, but we are particularly keen to hear from local clinical audit professionals. With this in mind if you have any thoughts or ideas then please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. More details regarding this initiative will be released in future editions of the e-News.
Taking clinical audit to the next level
Healthcare Conferences have kindly asked CASC to take part in their autumn conference entitled ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ taking place in Birmingham on 5th October. CASC’s 30-minute talk/workshop will look at the current state of clinical audit and will include a review entitled ‘Clinical Audit: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. We will also focus on identifying current weaknesses and gaps and finish with our five key ideas for reinvigorating clinical audit in 2016. The event also includes speakers from HQIP, NQICAN and NAGCAE and full details are available, here.
Useful resources available via HQIP
HQIP have released a number of useful resources in August. The Guide for Clinical Audit Leads, first published in 2011, has now been updated and is intended to support clinicians who are responsible for leading clinical audit in clinical services. In addition, HQIP’s most recent VLOG (video blog) features Professor Danny Keenan giving his thoughts on a number of recent key publications, including: Report of the Early Intervention of Psychosis Audit, Suicide by children and young people in England, National Clinical Audit for Rheumatoid and early Inflammatory Arthritis (second annual report) and the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (second annual report). The VLOG is over 20 minutes long but is definitely worth watching. Both resources can be found via www.hqip.org.uk
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org