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eNewsletter - Issue 106 - February 2018

CASC launch new clinical audit competition


We are delighted to announce plans for a new clinical audit competition that will celebrate the work of local clinicians, clinical audit and QI teams. In 2018 there are now very few opportunities for local staff to showcase their best work and share it with others. Our ‘Clinical Audit Award 2018’ is open to all healthcare/clinical audit teams and we are looking for innovation, inspiration and best practice in clinical audit. Full details of how to enter the competition can be found by clicking here. Entries close at the end of March and four finalists will be selected to present their work at our conference on 26 June (see below for more details). Please note: this competition does not impact on our annual junior doctor competitions for clinical audit and QI. Details of the junior doctor competitions will be released in May. Please do encourage those you work with to enter the competition. The entry template is clear and straight-forward to complete.

Sign up for CASC conference in June


Over time CASC have organised a number of conferences to help showcase clinical audit, indeed many of you may remember our innovative ‘Clinical Audit 2020’ events previously held at Leicester Space Centre. With those taking part in clinical audit now facing new and unprecedented challenges in 2018 we have decided to run an event on 26 June. This will be our most interactive event ever and will include a 90-minute debate focusing on how we improve the quality and breadth of national clinical audit. The debate will commence with speakers from suppliers of national audits and local audit experts. The day will also focus on how clinical audit and quality improvement can be better aligned. We have speakers confirmed from key bodies such as NQICAN, plus an ex-junior doctor clinical audit award winner looking at how we can better engage clinicians in audit and Martin Ferris (ex-NAGCAE clinical audit representative) giving his candid thoughts on clinical audit from his position as a retired but still interested audit professional. The event will also incorporate our ‘clinical audit award’ (see above) with the four finalists presenting their innovative work. The full programme will be available very soon. Click here to find out more. Please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com to register your interest. Costs will be kept as low as possible.

CASC feedback on NCAP


In recent months we have been working with a considerable number of audit staff and clinicians who raised concerns with us in relation to the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP). To find out more about the audit, click here. Working in collaboration with local staff and with their advice at every stage of the process, we have created a simple infographic that highlights the main concerns in relation to the audit. The key concern raised related to the scale of work involved given the audit form was 17 pages long and some Trusts had to collect data on 300 patients. For us this is not in keeping with HQIP’s stated commissioning principles that national audits should result in ‘minimal data burden’. The infographic plus comments from our annual survey (where NCAP received 27 nominations in our ‘least effective NCA’ category) have been shared with NHS England, HQIP and the NCAP team at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and we hope this will lead to future improvements. If you have experiences of the NCAP audit that you would like to share with us, please get in touch. By collaborating with local staff our aim is to help raise concerns, improve NCAs and reduce the burden they place on clinical audit teams and clinicians. To see the NCAP infographic, click here.

Awaiting news on NHSE re-tender


We reported at the end of 2017 that the current contract held by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) had been re-tendered by NHS England. As many of you know, the contract for supporting local and national clinical audit was awarded to HQIP in 2008 and then re-awarded in 2013. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) document states that ‘providers will be notified of outcome, successful and unsuccessful, on 12 January 2018’. The ITT states that from 12 January to 22 January there will be ‘standstill period’. As yet we have seen no information from NHS England as regards the renewal of the contract with HQIP but would imagine that this information will be released very soon. Watch this space! To access latest news from HQIP, click here.

CASC update on NQICAN portal


The CASC team are big fans of the National Networking and Sharing Forum (NNSF) set up by the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) last Autumn. It is great to see that the NNSF now has over 400 members and provides a closed and professional space for those with an interest in clinical audit to share ideas and discuss key matters. Those of you that use NNSF will be aware that we initially contributed regularly to NNSF but have not posted any comments, articles or links this year. To update on this, NQICAN are currently reviewing membership of NNSF to make sure no non-NHS companies or those involved in consultancy do not gain any commercial advantage. We understand that this matter will be discussed at the next NQICAN meeting in March. Given the pending discussion we have decided to take a break from posting any materials onto the NNSF and we will review this once NQICAN clarify their position in March. In the meantime, we would encourage those of you with NHS emails to sign up and get involved. The portal is available here.

Come and see us in February and March


The CASC team will be attending a number of important events over the next couple of months. On 9 February we will be in London at the ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement in Mental Health’ event to present feedback from our survey and review of NCAP. The event includes talks from HQIP, NHS England and national audit suppliers. On 5 March we will be in London again at the annual ‘Clinical Audit for Improvement’ event held by Healthcare Conferences UK. Our hour-long workshop will include feedback from our annual survey and our thoughts on how we can improve clinical audit in 2018. The event includes the usual protagonists from relevant national bodies: NHS England, HQIP and NQICAN. More details are available here. In addition, we are running a number of accredited training courses in February and March so if you would like more details then please get in touch.

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 info@clinicalauditsupport.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: info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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