Annual Report: view from the audit community
As you maybe aware, since 2010 CASC have conducted an online survey with the aim of gaining independent and in-depth feedback from members of the clinical audit community. The survey was conducted last December, with interim results shared in January. We have now completed the survey report and you can access this here. We are delighted to report that the most recent survey attracted the highest number of responses ever (n=218) and we know of no similar survey focusing on clinical audit. It is disheartening for us to report that across most indicators results were less positive than in 2015, although once again the Sentinel Stroke National Audit was voted the most effective national audit for the seventh year in succession.
Focus on national clinical audit
National clinical audit is never far from the spotlight as we have already seen this year with the Health Service Journal article ‘National audits drain NHS resources’ and the YEARN paper ‘NCA Feedback and Escalation Mechanism’. In more recent times NQICAN have published a thought-provoking article focusing on national audits via their blog page and it is worth time reading this and adding comments. To access the blog, click here. In addition, the results of our annual survey (see above) have identified that respondents continue to rate the overall quality of NCA’s as ‘moderate’. Indeed, over 55% of respondents selected this option – the highest proportion since the survey commenced in 2010. This year we added new questions asking how NCAs could be improved and we will be publishing a report focusing specifically on NCAs very soon, so watch this space!
NQICAN planning exciting new portal
We are delighted to be able to report that the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) have teamed up with Formic to develop a new portal for sharing clinical audit documents and information. We understand that testing of the portal continues to progress smoothly and look forward to launch in the near future. The portal will be multi-faceted with features including: the facility to share clinical audit tools and resources, online discussions on local and national matters, plus signposting to useful resources. The portal will be open to all working in clinical audit (NHS and non-NHS staff). All users will need to go through a registration process. Given recent past attempts to create a similar resource via resources such as HQIP’s Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) we commend NQICAN on this endeavor and look forward to seeing the finished product.
There is relatively little news to report at a national level since our last newsletter in July. The Health Foundation call for research projects focusing on national audits is now closed. HQIP published a plethora of national audit reports in mid-July focusing on suicide in children, cataract surgery, dementia, breast cancer, diabetes, etc. HQIP have also announced that they will once again be sponsoring the Patient First event at Excel from 21 to 22 November. This will incorporate the Quality Improvement Theatre to showcase work that they are undertaking. In terms of news on the re-tender of the local and national audit contract (currently held by HQIP), we are still awaiting information on this from NHS England and suspect it is imminent given that in 2012 the re-tender was launched in June and we are now into August.
Time running out for junior doctor entries
Junior doctors have until the end of August to submit their entries for our annual competition. Juniors are eligible to enter one submission into each of the two competition streams: clinical audit (for projects that measure care against explicit standards) and quality improvement (for projects that employ methods such as PDSA, Model for Improvement, etc.). All entries will be reviewed in September with those shortlisted invited to present their work at the annual Finals Day in Leicester. Both competitions have a great tradition for showcasing the fantastic improvement work undertaken by junior doctors so please encourage your colleagues to participate. Full details of the competition including details of previous winning submissions can be found here.
Dates for your diary
CASC’s accredited courses are available throughout the autumn as follows: Advanced Clinical Audit in Leicester on 21 September and 14 November. We are also running our Train the Trainer course in Leicester on 15 November and there is a discount for learners attending both courses. We will also be running Train the Trainer course at other venues so please get in touch if you are interested in this course. Our Root Cause Analysis training is accredited and we offer this as an in-house course. For those of you with a wider interest in clinical audit you may be interested in the event taking place in Birmingham on 19 October. This will feature keynote speakers from NHS England and HQIP. The event is chaired by NQICAN member, Stuart Metcalfe and also features a number of talks from local audit experts. To see the full line-up of speakers, click here.
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