CASC plans for Clinical Audit Awareness Week
HQIP’s flagship Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW takes place from 20 to 24 November and we have created a number of resources to assist our friends working in local clinical audit. Our resources will be made available in the run up to #CAAW via Twitter and on our website and all are free. We have created fun materials for local events plus a series of educational resources. We will also be presenting at Patient First on 21 November and announcing the winners of our junior doctor audit and QI competitions. Click here, to find out more. HQIP will be providing lots of resources and support for #CAAW so check their website for the materials and resources they are releasing. A number of our resources can be found by clicking here.
Our second summit is fast approach
After the success of our first summit for staff working in Mental Health and Community Trusts, we are very much looking forward to our follow-up event, taking place in Leicester on 2 November. Demand for places has been exceptional. In 2018 we are hoping to hold a third event for up to 50 staff. The day will focus on national clinical audits and we are delighted to have speakers from NHS Digital who support the National Diabetes Audit. In addition, we will be collectively reviewing the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis as delegates have raised considerable concerns over this (see below). We will also have an update from the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network and dedicate the final hour of the day to allow local staff to share resources and discuss key current issues. Feedback from the event will be made available via the CASC website and on Twitter.
NCAP: share your experiences with CASC
As part of our mental health and community event on 2 November we asked delegates to inform us of ‘hot topics’ that they would like discussing as part of this event. The overwhelming response focused on the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We have been made aware of a number of significant concerns by local staff in relation to NCAP. The main concern appears to be the sheer workload involved: the data collection form is 17-pages long and some Trusts are reporting they must collect data on upwards of 300 patients. A number of senior audit staff told us in confidence that the time to collect data per patient is between 45-90 minutes! We are going to be discussing the NCAP in detail at our summit on 2 November and feedback will follow. In the meantime, if you have any positive or negative experience of NCAP please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest national news
Healthcare Conferences UK held their annual ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ event in Birmingham on 19 October. Sadly CASC were unable to attend this owing to a prior commitment but we have spoken to a number of delegates. Professor Keenan, HQIP Medical Director, provided his insights into what needs to change in respect of clinical audit in Trusts and this focused mainly on moving from ‘collecting data to using the data’ and ‘faster feedback’ (see image). He also stressed the need for more training to be made available in quality improvement techniques. In other national news: HQIP have also announced their initial plans for #CAAW and you can find out how to register for a free place at the Patient First event in London via this link. As far as we are aware, there remains no news in relation to the forthcoming NHS England re-tender for the work currently carried out by HQIP.
Join an accredited CASC course
CASC provide a range of accredited courses in relation to clinical audit, patient safety and quality improvement. All of our courses are accredited and we deliver periodic training events in London and Leicester as well as delivering bespoke in-house training. For those unable to attend training we offer our clinical audit course via distance learning. We also collaborate with others trainers to deliver courses in leadership and change management. CASC also help pan and facilitate educational events and conferences for healthcare professionals. For example, in October we project managed an educational conference for over 100 non-medical prescribers (see image). If you are interested in our courses or require help planning/running an event, then please get in touch. Click here, for details of our training.
NQICAN update: get involved
We reported last month that the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit (NQICAN) have set up their new clinical audit online portal. The purpose of this is to enable clinical audit and QI professionals to connect and share materials, experiences and concerns. NQICAN reported a strong start for the portal with around 200 members registered by the end of October. There have been a number of interesting discussions and there is a section where staff can share their plans for #CAAW. If you are not already a member, click here to find out more. NQICAN also have a blog-page and a website, both of which provide more materials and enable discussions that will be of interest to those working in audit and QI. On a final note, we are delighted that NQICAN have asked us to provide feedback to them on our annual survey. We will do this by way of an enhanced podcast that will be available to all as part of #CAAW.
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 about our eNews
We first launched the CASC e-Newsletter in February 2007 with the aim of providing those with an interest in clinical audit and QI with a free regular monthly update. Since that time hundreds of subscribers across the world have joined our circulation list. The newsletter provides subscribers with a mixture of CASC-related and other clinical audit, quality improvement and patient safety news to help you keep up-to-date with current events. Don’t forget that if you have missed a previous issue of the newsletter then you can visit the eNews section of our website where all previous issues are archived. If you wish to sign up for your own copy or know others who may be interested then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org