CASC Clinical Audit Award
We recently announced that for the first time in 2018 we are inviting submissions for our Clinical Audit Award. The aim of this award is to provide an opportunity for all those working in clinical audit to share further details of the innovative and invaluable work that they are undertaking. The award is open to everyone so if you are a clinical audit or QI team that have set up a ground-breaking new initiative, a group of clinicians who have conducted an exceptional audit that has improved patient care or a regional network that have set up a dynamic new initiative then we would like to hear from you. We have created a template entry form that all entrants must complete, click here and there are more details about the award here. Entries have started to come in but the deadline is the end of March so there is still time to enter. Please share this information with all parties who may be interested.
CASC conference on 26 June
CASC are delighted to be able to provide more details in relation to the event that we are holding in Leicester on 26 June 2018. The aim of the one-day conference is to deliver the most interactive clinical audit conference ever focusing on the key challenges facing our community. We are delighted to be able to announce that staff from NELA and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine will be joining senior local audit professionals for the big constructive debate on how we enhance national audits. We can also confirm that key leaders from NQICAN and HQIP will be providing brief keynote updates and we have Martin Ferris (ex-NAGCAE representative) reviewing where clinical is in 2018 from the viewpoint of an ex-clinical audit expert. The event will also include a talk by the award-winning Dr Saifuddin, focusing on getting clinicians engaged in audit and we will be focusing heavily on the current challenge of successfully integrating audit with quality improvement initiatives. Finalists for our Clinical Audit Award will also present their work. The full programme will be released very soon. We are offering an early-bird rate of £120 plus VAT until the end of March.
News from the National conference
On 5 March the CASC team once again headed to London for the annual clinical audit conference organised by Healthcare Conferences UK. NQICAN Chairman, Carl Walker ably chaired proceedings with keynote talks from: Danny Keenan (HQIP) and Keiko Toma (CQC). There were no announcements regarding the NHS England re-tender, but key messages included: news from the CQC that they are relying more on national audit data to measure care and this will lead to smaller inspection teams, plus advice from HQIP that they are expanding their National Clinical Audit Benchmarking portal. Other key themes included the on-going tension that exists between clinical audit and QI, the need for more leaders in clinical audit and the forthcoming implications of GDPR. It was noticeable that the vast majority of delegates worked in hospitals and there was only one commissioner in the room. You can take a look at the presentations via this link.
We are delighted to be able to announce that our popular Advanced Clinical Audit course will next be held in Leicester at Devonshire Place on 10 April. This accredited course provides learners with a full insight into how to conduct a successful clinical audit. Many clinical audit staff and clinicians have studied for this course and gained the accreditation. On 16 April we are partnering with Healthcare Conferences UK to run our Clinical Audit Masterclass in London. More details are available here. In addition, we are pleased to be asked by East Midlands Clinical Audit Network to run an interactive session as part of their wider conference in Nottingham on 22 March looking at how to effectively promote clinical audit. The talk will also examine what makes an award winning clinical audit poster and feature results from our annual survey. If you require clinical audit training, please get in touch.
Improving national clinical audits
Since we set up CASC in 2006 a recurring theme has been the need to improve national clinical audit. Indeed, this was a central theme of the clinical audit reinvigoration strategy as laid down by then NHS Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson in 2006/7. Progress has been made over the last decade, but CASC’s annual survey and direct feedback from audit staff and clinicians we meet highlight that that we still have some way to go and further improvements are necessary. In 2007 we wrote to the Department of Health with recommendations on how NCAs could be enhanced and we have now turned the key themes from that letter into a one-page infographic that makes five recommendations for improving national audit. In many instances our recommendations endorse the work of others, e.g. the recommendations made by the Yorkshire Effectiveness and Audit Regional Network in 2016/7. We hope those working in the field will endorse and support our recommendations and that these suggestions can be implemented in the near future to help improve the value of NCAs. Click here to access the infographic featuring our recommendations.
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