Liftoff for our junior doctor competitions
We are delighted to announce that junior doctors can now start to submit their abstracts for our eighth annual clinical audit and quality improvement awards. Full details of both competitions and documentation for prospective entrants are available here. Since launching our junior doctor awards in 2010 we have had over 1,000 entries and an array of brilliant projects. Posters from previous winners are available here and you can also find short films via our Clinical Audit TV portal. This year sees a fundamental change in the delivery, as after four years of support HQIP are unable to help co-fund the 2017 awards. With this in mind, we are keen to work with other agencies that may be interested in working in partnership to sustain this important initiative. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us and we encourage you to share this information with all juniors who want to showcase their hard work in clinical audit and quality improvement.
Read our guest blog for NQICAN
On 24 March the CASC team invited 20 staff working in community and mental health settings to participate in our-first ever one-day Clinical Audit Summit. The event proved a huge success and we were subsequently asked to write a guest blog for the recently established NQICAN blog website. The blog is now live and this provides feedback on all the key discussions from the day: views on national clinical audit, views on the recent change to national audit funding, ideas for how delivery of local clinical audit can be improved, etc. The blog is honest and thought provoking and takes five minutes to read. To help stimulate debate and get key messages from the local level to national bodies, the NQICAN blog-site allows visitors to comment on blogs both in name or anonymously. Please take a moment to read our guest blog here and add your thoughts.
Meet CASC team at Primary Care 2017
On 17 and 18 May the CASC team will be at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Primary Care and Public Health Show. The event is celebrating its 27th year and brings together key people working across this sector. The event features numerous keynote presentations and CASC will be addressing the Practice Management stream to talk about our new work and research in relation to significant event audit and patient safety. Our talk is entitled ‘SEA change: taking patient safety to the next level’. Delegates can also meet the CASC team as we are exhibiting at stand A21. We are also continuing to expand our support for primary care and have developed a DNA Excel Tracker, plus a number of barometers to evaluate current delivery of SEA and clinical audit. We also offer a range of accredited training courses to help practices move towards an outstanding CQC rating. For more details on the event, click here.
Book for accredited courses
We offer a wide range of accredited courses that can be delivered externally or in-house. Our next Advanced Clinical Audit course will be held in Leicester on 9 May and there are a few places available. We are also running our Train the Trainer course in Birmingham on 26 May. Learners can join our distance-learning course in clinical audit at any time during the year. We are currently working on dates for our autumn courses and these will include: Advanced Clinical Audit, Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit, Root Cause Analysis and Significant Event Audit. If you would like to know more about the courses that we offer and how we can adapt them for your local setting then please get in touch.
Please be aware that as part of a recent business review we have decided to make a number of important changes. Firstly, we have taken the decision to limit our twitter use and we will now only be tweeting between the hours of 8am and 6pm. More importantly, we are in the process of updating our website and changing our documentation. As spring turns into summer you will see some noticeable differences. After ten years in business we are working on a number of exciting initiatives and resources predominantly for the benefit of those working at a local level.
Latest news from HQIP
It appears to have been a relatively quiet time for HQIP in April and over the Easter period with few news updates or publications. The most recent addition to their website of late is a new blog from the HQIP medical director Danny Keenan reflecting on the recent contribution of Bruce Keogh to clinical audit and quality improvement in the NHS. Sir Bruce is stepping down from his key position of NHS Medical Director and Professor Keenan notes that he has offered ‘unwavering support for national clinical audit and registries’. To read the blog, click here. In other news, HQIP invited the CASC team to met Jane Ingham and Sue Latcham before Easter and this proved to be a very productive meeting. We will update the wider clinical audit and QI community on any further developments.
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