Please take part in our annual survey
Our eighth annual ‘state of clinical audit’ survey is now LIVE! We established the survey in 2010 to allow those with an interest in clinical audit and QI to report their views on: national clinical audits, resourcing for audit, the reinvigoration of clinical audit, etc. The survey is entirely anonymous and takes less than ten minutes to complete. Last year we had a record number of returns with over 200 respondents completing the survey. Results feed into a comprehensive report that is widely shared and you can see a short film that we created for NQICAN that highlights the key themes from last year by clicking here. To undertake the survey, please click here.
CASC heavily involved in #CAAW
This year’s annual Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW took place from 20 to 24 November and proved a great success. Congratulations to all involved, but hats off in particular to the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network and all local teams that held events. We were delighted to see so many teams making use of our resources. Our clinical audit pledge card proved exceptionally popular with many photos of pledges uploaded to Twitter. It was fantastic to see our other resources: quizzes, educational materials and graphics being incorporated into local awareness events. The week proved very busy for the CASC team with us delivering a number of training events and speaking with our award winning junior doctors at the Patient First event in London. We also tweeted updates throughout the week.
Junior doctor award winner announced
We are delighted to update that the winners of our eighth annual junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement awards were announced on 21 November as part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week. This year we had an even distribution of entries across both categories and the quality of submissions was excellent. In a marked change from previous years we shortlisted five finalists in each category to submit their posters for review by an expert panel of judges. The winners for 2017 and their posters can be found here. Of course we plan to run the competition again in 2018 and details will be made available on our website from approximately April 2018 onwards. Thanks again to all those junior doctors who took time to complete projects and submit entries for our 2017 competition.
National tender finally released
After months of speculation there was a low key release of what is in effect the tender for the work that the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has been carrying out for NHS England since 2008. HQIP’s contract to provide support for local clinical audit and run the NCAPOP ends in March 2018 and the new tender outlines the ongoing arrangements. Sadly we are unable to report very little as all tender documents are stamped confidential. Our biggest disappointment is that the new tender does not include any support for local clinical audit and delivery within the new contract is almost entirely focused on managing national audits. Those wishing to submit a bid need to act quickly as NHS England have given less than four weeks from release of the tender to submission of bids by 18 December 2017. To find out more, click here.
CASC summit and NCAP concerns
On 2 November we welcomed twenty staff to Leicester to participate in our second summit meeting for audit staff working in mental health and community settings. The day proved a huge success with stunningly positive feedback from attendees who clearly appreciated the opportunity to network with their peers. We plan to run a bigger event in 2018. The main talking point for the day focused on continual concerns regarding the current National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP). This is a huge burden for participants (17 page data collection form) with very tight deadlines for data capture and submission. Methodological concerns were raised at our meeting and we have subsequently been notified by many Trusts who have lost data when trying to upload results to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In December we will be preparing a short report on NCAP and sharing this widely. If you have experienced any problems with the audit then please contact us and we will add your concerns to our report.
Book on an accredited course
Our accredited courses continue to prove popular and we have recently announced a series of new dates for courses to be held in Leicester early in 2018. To find out more, click here. We can also deliver all our courses in-house and this often helps staff to save on travel costs. You will also be able to see us speaking at a number of Healthcare Conferences UK events in Spring 2018. On 9 February we will be presenting at the Clinical Audit for Improvement in Mental Health conference and on 5 March we will be delivering as workshop as part of the Clinical Audit for Improvement Summit. To find out more about these conferences, click here. Note that those of you booking on HCUK events can gain a 20% discount through CASC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com