The following section of the website focuses on a number of teams and individuals that we consider to be our partners. We have worked closely with all these partners over an extended period of time and we consider their work to be of an excellent standard. We have no hesitation in endorsing any of them.
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
When it comes to clinical audit and quality improvement, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has held a pivotal position over the last ten years. HQIP were awarded the contract to reinvigorate local and national clinical audit by the Department of Health in 2008 and since this time HQIP have managed the National Clinical Audit Patient Outcomes Programme and other high profile projects such as the National Joint Registry. Moreover, HQIP were tasked with providing a wide range of resources, best practice guidance documents and running training for local audit staff. To find out more about HQIP, download our factsheet, here.
CASC have worked closely with HQIP over the last ten years, during which time we have been awarded a number of contracts. You can read more about the Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit Teaching Tooklit that we developed for HQIP here. We were also commissioned by HQIP to create an innovative guide showcasing how to use root cause analysis methods in clinical audit and this work was carried out in 2015-16. For more details, click here. Our junior doctor clinical audit and QI awards started as a CASC initiative in 2010 but from 2013 to 2016 HQIP collaborated as our partners. For more details, click here.
Open College Network (West Midlands)
All training courses that CASC deliver are accredited. This is vitally important to us as it 1) provides learners with the opportunity to obtain academic certification for their hard work and 2) it demonstrates that we have been thoroughly assessed by an external agency to ensure our training meets a minimum standard.
Since CASC was established in 2006 we have worked with a number of accrediting bodies – both academic and healthcare-related. Our courses are now accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands, who accredit many different courses for adult learners. We have met the OCNWM requirements to be one of their training providers and periodically they externally assess our delivery. In addition, the OCNWM moderator reviews 10-20% of all learner assignments to check that their work is fit-for-purpose.
We have established a strong working relationship with the OCNWM and learners now have to wait just 6-8 weeks from marking to receiving their certification. To find out more about the OCN please click here.
Healthcare Conferences UK
Healthcare Conferences UK (HCUK) organises and produces high quality healthcare conferences and exhibitions with a specialist interest in a clinical audience. HCUK research, plan and deliver around 100 conferences and training events each year to assist in the continuing professional development of healthcare professionals. Their events are accredited and will help doctors and nurses meet their revalidation requirements.
In addition, HCUK have been staunch supporters of clinical audit and run two or three annual conferences focusing on clinical audit and quality improvement. Over the last five years, CASC have partnered with HCUK to run the popular Clinical Audit Masterclass periodically in London. To find out more about the work of HCUK, click here.The HCUK website address is www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk
Practice Index is the home to the largest Practice Manager discussion forum in the UK. With over 10,000 members the forum is a sounding board for managers in primary care to discuss key issues with their peers. The website has rapidly expanded since its launch and in addition to the discussion forum, users can access: a job vacancy board, a comprehensive suppliers directory, details of relevant training, protocols and guidelines, etc. To find out more about Practice Index, download our factsheet, here.
Taking advantage of our long-standing role working in primary care, CASC have partnered with Practice Index to create a range of useful and interactive resources. These include: the significant event audit barometer which helps practices assess their current approach to patient safety (click here), the ‘do not attend’ tracker focused on helping practices reduce their DNAs (click here) and myPPG online forum which helps patient participation groups work more effectively and share their ideas (click here).The Practice Index website address is www.practiceindex.co.uk
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