Job vacancies report is now available
Since 2009 CASC have produced a bi-monthly bulletin listing all clinical audit vacancies posted on NHS Jobs website. Every year we review the data and create a short report to share with the clinical audit and QI community. This year’s report is now available in a more modern and concise format. The key findings are: no significant change in the number of vacancies listed in the last 12 months when compared to 2015-16. The number of fixed-term and permanent positions are comparable to recent data. However, the report has identified a significant drop in the number of band 7 and 8 posts: down from 37 in 2015-16 to just 16 in 2016-17. In addition, the data clearly shows a disparity in the salaries for those undertaking the same roles, for example we noted Clinical Audit Facilitator posts advertised at pay bands 4, 5 and 6. This means that there may be as much as £16,000 pay difference between those undertaking the same role. To read our short report, click here.
HQIP publish new guidance documents
June proved a busy month for HQIP with the publication of nine key documents – all available from the resources section on their website. The much-anticipated Information Governance in Local Quality Improvement guide was published in mid-June and describes how IG laws and principles apply to the use of personal data in clinical audit. The flowchart on page 7 is certainly worth a look. The guide also provides details of how long clinical audit data needs to be stored for, which has been an on-going debate for several years. HQIP have also recently published their Using Clinical Audit in Commissioning Healthcare Services guide and this document is aimed at for CCG quality leads. The guide contains a number of interesting case studies. To access both guides, click here.
HQIP: update on national audits
In addition, to a number of key guides published in June, it is worth drawing your attention to the recent work that HQIP have been undertaking in relation to national clinical audit. A new guide entitled The use of National Clinical Audit data in appraisal is now available and ‘this resource is focused on consultant participation in national clinical audit’. HQIP have also revealed more details of their National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB) project. This initiative has been driven by the CQC and will ‘provide a visual snapshot of individual Trust audit data set against individual national benchmarks’. Finally, HQIP have also provided more details in terms of the key principles they follow when commissioning NCAs. These include: patient-focused, robust methodology, high quality data, minimal data burden and value for money (see graphic).
Join an accredited course
All CASC training is accredited and we are in the process of updating and improving many of our associated course materials. We have re-vamped our popular root cause analysis training and we offer this as an in-house course so please contact us if your team would like training in patient safety. The Advanced Clinical Audit course will next be held in Leicester on 21 September and we are also aiming to run our Significant Event Audit training on 20 September. We also plan to run our Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course at some point in October, so contact us if you would like more details. As ever, our distance-learning course is available and learners can join this at any point in the year. Contact the team for more details of the courses we offer.
NQICAN (the network of networks who provide a voice for staff working in clinical audit) have had a busy June. Their blog continues to go from strength-to-strength with six thought-provoking offerings now available and all attracting comments and feedback. Take a look here. In addition, NQICAN have announced that their collaboration with Formic on a networking forum for clinical audit staff has been successful and will be rolled out as soon as possible. There have been a number of high profile attempts to create a forum for audit staff – most notably HQIP’s National Clinical Audit Forum – so we are excited to see what NQICAN have developed. In other NQICAN news, their minutes from March note ‘HQIP contract ends 31 March 2018. Currently looking at timescales for retendering. A lot of the funding in the past was for the development of the HQIP resources, which will need to be maintained. Likely to be up for tender every 12, not 24 months going forward’. To read the NQICAN minutes, click here.
Junior doctor competition update
Entries are starting to reach us for our junior doctor clinical audit and quality improvement competitions. The competition is now in its eighth year and we should soon be able to reveal the date for the Finals Day (this will be in November). Those interested in taking part in the competition need to submit their abstract by the end of August. To aid potential entrants we have updated the junior doctor section on our website and this now features posters from all previous winners. We have also shortened abstract submissions from 1,000 to 750 words in order to reduce the workload on those interested in taking part. To find out more about the competitions, please 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 email@example.com
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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