Join us in bidding for clinical audit research funding
The Health Foundation have recently announced details for their £1.6 million research funding for advancing the development of national clinical audits and registries. The initiative invites bids for small-scale awards (under £100,000) and large-scale awards (up to £400,000). The Health Foundation identified three priority areas where improvement in delivery of national audits is needed: engaging patients in outcome measurements, linking data to improve the value of health care and reducing variation. The Health Foundation state that they are particularly interested in universities leading bids, but Clinical Audit Support Centre are keen to get involved and can offer valuable input given (a) our entirely independent position in relation to national audit and (b) our ever-expanding and unique annual survey work in relation to national audits. To find out more about the research initiative, click here. Please contact us if you’d like to partner with us. Deadline for all bids is 25 July 2017.
Lots of new resources published for primary care
Ever since we joined Leicestershire Primary Care Audit Group over 20 years ago, we have both been passionate about helping primary care improve their services and enhance patient safety. With this in mind, CASC are in the process of releasing a series of documents and resources that will be of particular interest to those working in general practice. We have developed several resources to help strengthen safety via significant event audit, including a simple to use self-assessment barometer and a four-page best practice guidance document - click here for your copy. We are working on factsheets and training in relation to the new Freedom to Speak Up guidance and from July to December we are planning a 6-month research project to see if we can help practices reduce their DNA rates. We are also working on best practice guidance in relation to clinical audit and patient participation groups. Contact us for more details.
HQIP release important new resources
During the month of May HQIP released a number of new documents. Heading the list is the highly anticipated Social Care Audit Guidance that provides best practice for those working in social care. This has been a key aim for HQIP to deliver work on ever since Robin Burgess outlined the importance of bringing clinical audit into social care when he was CEO. In addition, HQIP have published their ‘Detection and Management of outliers for national clinical audits’ document. Many staff working in clinical audit and QI will be looking forward to the imminent release of long-awaited guidance for commissioners, plus the vital new information governance documentation. Both guidance documents were initially put out for tender by HQIP in 2014 and thus it is encouraging to see these will now be circulated. We will provide further feedback in our July newsletter.
Feedback on our guest blog for NQICAN
As we reported in the May edition of our newsletter, NQICAN kindly asked us to write a guest blog focusing on the clinical audit event that we held for Mental Health and Community staff on 24 March. The blog was published on 26 April and we are pleased to see that it has sparked considerable debate and thus far received ten follow-up comments. We are particularly pleased that those who attended have voiced their support for the day and a further event. Feedback has also raised a number of key points particularly in relation to the perceived unfairness of current NCAPOP funding arrangements. If you’d like to read the blog and add comments click here. In addition, we have made the blog available as a podcast and you can listen here. Please note: NQICAN have also released a new blog focusing on national clinical audits that we advise all audit professionals to read and comment on.
Junior Doctor entries coming in
We reported last month that we are now seeking entries for our 2017 junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement competitions. The clinical audit competition was first-held in 2010 and has resulted in some exceptional case studies highlighting the brilliant work that junior doctors can do in a short period of time. The QI competition was launched in 2013 and previous winners have demonstrated exceptional projects that have won other awards, e.g. the Health Service Journal. Both competitions have also resulted in many projects being published in academic online journals. If you work with junior doctors then please encourage them to submit their hard work. All the details are here and junior doctors have until the end of August to submit abstracts.
New CASC reports on the horizon
With summer now upon us, we would like to announce that we plan to release our two key annual reports in coming months. Our ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey is well established and gained over 200 responses in December 2016. The report was also featured in a recent Health Service Journal article on clinical audit. This year’s report will be the most comprehensive ever, featuring significant feedback on how to improve national clinical audits. In addition, we now have almost ten years of data from our clinical audit jobs bulletin. Both reports will be published over the summer with supporting information available via our @cascleicester Twitter account.
Book now for Birmingham conference
Healthcare Conferences UK are once again running their autumnal clinical audit one-day conference in Birmingham. This year’s event is scheduled for 19 October and will be held at The Studio Conference Centre. The event will be chaired by the talented and formidable audit stalwart Stuart Metcalfe and keynote speakers include: Professor Keenan (Medical Director at HQIP) and Richard Arnold (Clinical Programme Lead at NHS England). We are delighted to see Rachael Shead and Julian Coleman from Leicester Partnership Trust running an extended interactive session on using root cause analysis to assist in the impact of clinical audit projects. Other topics include: mortality audits, implementing change and applying an ethical framework to clinical audit. For more details, click here.
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