Client Login

2009 News Archive

Update on CASC team and contact details

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre are delighted to announce that Sharon Nijjar (pictured) has joined our team as Project Manager. Sharon has previous NHS experience and graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in Management and Finance. Sharon will take responsibility for leading on a number of CASC initiatives and joins us from her previous role as Project Manager at Wolseley UK. We would also like to make you aware that our contact details have recently changed. Our new office telephone and fax number is (0116) 2786926. However, our previous (07834) 914419 telephone number can still be used to contact us, but this should only now be used in the case of urgent enquiries.

Podcast for CARM Fair now available online

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre were invited to exhibit at the annual Clinical Audit and Risk Management (CARM) Fair that took place in Manchester from 2nd-3rd November 2009. The two-day event was organised by Central Manchester Foundation Trust and incorporated a poster competition that attracted over 100 entrants and presentations from national and local speakers. Keynote speakers included NCAAG member Danny Keenan looking at national developments in relation to clinical audit and Sarah Corcoran providing an overview of local quality-related successes in 2009. By clicking here you can access a ten minute podcast recorded Joe Coltman, Sam Rowlands and Tracy Ruthven that reviews the event.

CASC work on patient safety making an impact!

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre have an excellent working relationship with a number of national bodies and we are delighted to report that our work with the Royal College of General Practitioners providing online training information in relation to Significant Event Audit is now complete. If you would like to access the relevant materials, please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk. In addition, CASC’s recent work on reviewing SEA reports has led to further work across the East Midlands with all PCTs reviewing the content of SEA’s using CASC’s analysis tool. This work is now being developed further and the analysis tool will be available very soon.

Issue 4 of Clinical Audit Today now available online

Image

Clinical Audit Today was launched in the Autumn of 2008 and is currently the only “pure” clinical audit journal available in the UK. The latest issue of the journal is now available and features a range of thought provoking articles from clinical audit professionals: John Grant-Casey, George Absi and Martin Ferris. The journal also includes updates on the work of HQIP and CASC, plus a brief interview with Ben Bridgewater – who is Chair of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland database committee. As usual, Stephen Ashmore has written the editorial, this time looking at the first 20 years of clinical audit. To read the journal, click here. If you would like to read previous issues, follow visit the CAT journal page (in the sidebar of the homepage menu). Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for publication in a forthcoming issue.

Podcast from recent 2020 audit conference now available

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s third 2020 national clinical audit conference took place at the Athena Centre in Leicester on 16th September 2009. Over 130 delegates mostly working in clinical audit and governance attended the event and the day was ably chaired by Lucy Warner (Chief Executive of NHS Revalidation Support Team). Attendees listened to a number of short national updates from NPSA, HQIP, NAGG, NICE etc and three local audit teams presented information on how they undertake clinical audit at the coalface. Dr Tim Brabants, gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics gave the keynote address at the end of the day and he proved an inspiration to all in attendance. The event included the prestigious CASC poster competition, with delegates voting Leicestershire and Rutland Community Health Services the overall winner. Click here to find out more information relating to the event. Click here to access the relevant podcast reviewing the key points from the day.

HQIP announce details of forthcoming new products

Image

On 11th November 2009 the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership announced that a new tranche of clinical audit support tools will be developed. Tenders are requested for twelve new products and proposals are sought from experts in the field of clinical audit. All bids must be received by 9th December 2009 with final drafts of products submitted by 2nd March 2010. Products to be developed include: a guide for patients in understanding clinical audit data, ideas and good practice in making junior doctor clinical audits valuable, ensuring data quality (including gaming), when to apply for NIGB (ECC) approval, care pathway clinical audit, guidance on working with industry on clinical audit, an information governance guide, intellectual property and guidance on the retention of clinical audit records and reports. Invitation to tender documents and product specifications detailing requirements can be downloaded direct from the HQIP website.

CASC announce “accreditation amnesty”

Image

Since the Clinical Audit Support Centre was set up in 2006 we have offered a wide range of accredited courses that many audit/governance and healthcare staff have attended. All of our attendance courses are accredited and we request that all learners aim to complete the associated assignments within twelve months of their course date. We are aware of a number of learners who studied for courses in 2007 and 2008 who have not submitted assignments and we are now offering these learners until the end of February 2010 to complete and return their work to us. Unfortunately any learners who do not meet this timescales may be asked to pay a small administration fee if they subsequently wish to gain the accreditation. Please be aware that this does not relate to learners on our Clinical Audit Skills Course (by Distance Learning). If you require more details, please contact the team via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

HQIP launch important new resources

Image

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership recently launched a range of clinical audit resources. These documents and tools will help support the development of clinical audit at national and local level. All documents are available via the HQIP website and include: a template clinical audit report, a guide for audit, research and service review, information on ethics and clinical audit, templates for a clinical audit policy/strategy, a template for an annual clinical audit report, guidance on a clinical audit programme and an information governance guide for clinical audit. In addition, HQIP welcome feedback on all resources and members of the NCAF can visit a dedicated webpage to feedback information on current resources. For more details visit www.hqip.org.uk

CASC facilitate local practice management event

Image

On the 29th October 2009, the Clinical Audit Support Centre helped to deliver the Leicestershire Practice Managers Conference. 60 delegates attended the day and Stephen Ashmore welcomed attendees. Over the course of the day a wide range of speakers provided updates and useful insights and some of the key messages included: revalidation is likely to increase general practice workload, staff need to review their personal pension arrangements before opting for the 1995 or 2008 option, public sector pay cuts or freezes are imminent and practice managers should access local level training courses to help enhance their skill-sets. The final speaker of the day, Steve Kay, helped delegates look at how they could work more effectively via his Art of Being Brilliant presentation.

NCAAG annual report now available

Image

The National Clinical Audit Advisory Group were established in April 2008 and have a number of key responsibilities, including: driving the reinvigoration of clinical audit at both a national and local level, steering the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), and advising the Department of Health in relation to clinical audit issues. The group is chaired by Professor Nick Black (pictured) and details of the group’s work and members can be located via the Department of Health website. NCAAG recently published their first annual report and this can be accessed be clicking here.

Second newscast of 2009 now online

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s latest newscast is now available on our website and via iTunes. The newscast reviews events that have taken place in the world of clinical audit from April and June 2009. The newscast features updates on the activities of NCAAG and HQIP, plus information of forthcoming events that audit and governance staff will find useful. We have now recorded over 25 podcasts since we established the service and we understand that NCAAG and HQIP are looking to follow in our footsteps and develop a podcast service in the near future. We are in the process of recording more blogs and podcasts and these will be available soon. Meanwhile, if you have an idea for an innovative podcast please contact us as we are keen to feature the work of others via this innovative format.

Stephen’s “100 comment” NCAF challenge!

Image

The new National Clinical Audit Forum (NCAF) was launched at the start of July and to date over 500 staff with an interest in clinical audit have joined the forum. It has been noted by various high profile individuals that the success of NCAF will depend on the willingness of members to be proactive and post information on the forum. CASC feel that NCAF has great potential but to date few forum posts have resulted in a high level of engagement from NCAF members. As a result, on 25th September Stephen posted his “NCAF challenge” on the forum encouraging all members to post their top tip for clinical audit. The challenge is for 100 NCAF members to reply by the end of October 2009. We encourage you to visit NCAF via HQIP’s website in order to take part in the challenge and to find out more about the forum and what it has to offer!

New definition of clinical audit revealed

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre have been informed that Professor Nick Black (Chair of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group) revealed a new definition for clinical audit at the recent HQIP conference in Sutton Coldfield. The new definition is as follows: “Clinical audit is the quantitative assessment of the quality (principally the effectiveness) of care being provided compared either to agreed, documented evidence-based criteria or to the performance of other providers or commissioners. Its aim is both to stimulate quality improvement interventions and to assess their impact.” We were unaware that a new definition was being worked on and this has generated an interesting response on the NAGG forum. If you wish to comment on the definition and add to the debate, visit www.nagg.nhs.uk and checkout the General Discussion section on their website.

CASC video provides further details of our work

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre has a reputation for innovation and our podcasting service is now a well-established and popular part of our website. We are delighted to announce that we have now moved beyond audio media by launching Clinical Audit TV. The facility is available on the CASC website and via YouTube. We initially produced a short film looking at the work of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. At the start of 2009 we released a short promotional video providing further details of how we operate and some of the organisations that we have been working with over the course of the last 12 months. We will soon be releasing a video looking at the clinical audit process. To access Clinical Audit TV, click here..

Newscast for 2009 quarter one is now available

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre’s latest newscast is now available on our website and via iTunes. The newscast reviews events that have taken place in the world of clinical audit from January to March 2009. Since setting up our Podcasc service we have recorded a total of 25 podcasts – all available online. We plan to record more blogs in the near future. If you have an idea for an innovative podcast please contact us as we are keen to feature the work of others via this innovative format.

Clinical audit apprentice course launched

Image

15 clinical audit and governance professionals met up in Leicester on 20th May 2009 to take part in CASC’s first-ever Clinical Audit Dragons Den meets The Apprentice course. The event proved a great success with delegates working in teams to explore ways of solving traditional audit problems, such as: how to raise the profile of clinical audit, involving patients more effectively in the audit process and refining the current definition of clinical audit. A healthy sense of competition emerged during the course of the day and fellow dragon David Wilkin (Head of Finance and Procurement for West Midlands Police) provided some excellent non-NHS perspectives. Alice Kennedy (overall winner) and Debbie Pickford (runner-up) are pictured with the dragons. The day evaluated exceptionally well and we plan to run the course again in the Autumn. Please contact us if you would like to register your interest.

Issue 3 of Clinical Audit Today now available online

Image

Clinical Audit Today was launched in the Autumn of 2008 and is currently the only “pure” clinical audit journal available in the UK. The third issue of the journal is available and features a range of thought provoking articles from clinical audit professionals: Gemma Barker, John Grant-Casey and Neil Hampson. The journal also includes details of NICE’s shared learning awards and updates on the work of HQIP, NCAAG and NICE. Stephen Ashmore has also written an editorial asking why all the top audit jobs appear to be held by men! To read the journal, click here. If you would like to read previous issues, click here to access journal No 1 and here to access journal No 2. We are always interested in receiving articles for the publication. Please contact us if you wish to share your work and/or thoughts on audit with others working in the field.

CASC donation to Rainbows Hospice

Image

On 11th February 2009, CASC Directors, Stephen and Tracy visited Rainbows Children’s Hospice to make a donation of £500. Since establishing the CASC in 2006, Rainbows have been our chosen charity and we work closely with them to help ensure that the young children using their services gain the best possible care. We would like to thank those speakers from Audit 2020: The Return who kindly waived their speaker fee as these contributions were added to ours. The money will go towards the Ruby Rainbow Appeal that aims to allow Rainbows to extend their building and facilities in Loughborough. If you would like to find out more about Rainbows or fancy undertaking a fundraising challenge on their behalf, please visit www.rainbows.co.uk

CASC announce details of first ever audit WEBINAR!

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre has a reputation for innovation and since our inception in 2006 we have pushed boundaries by developing our audit podcasting service, delivering various accredited training programmes and publishing our Clinical Audit Today E-journal. We are now delighted to announce a series of webinars (online interactive events) that will take place on 15th May and 11th June. Each webinar will last for one-hour and all you need to take part is a PC! In effect you will be able to listen to presentations and take part in the event from the comfort of your own office! The first event will be by invitation only and we will evaluate and assess feedback from participants to ensure that future webinars fully meet the expectations of participants. The webinar on 11th June will be an open event and more details of how to take part will be published online in due course. We also have a third webinar provisionally planned for 1st July and again this will be open to all. Watch this space!

Places for Audit Dragon's Den snapped up in 3 days!

Image

Our new Clinical Audit Apprentice meets Dragons Den one-day course was announced recently and all 16 places were snapped up in just three days! The event is scheduled for 20th May and will take place in Leicester. The course is interactive and fun and will help attendees to focus on key issues and develop solutions to ensure that clinical audit is truly reinvigorated at a local level. Participants will take part in a range of tasks that will test their teamworking skills, leadership attributes and prowess for innovation. The first event will serve as a pilot and we plan to offer more sessions in Autumn 2009. If you wish to join the reserve list or register your interest for future courses, please email info@clinicalauditsupport.com as quickly as you can!

Train the Trainer course generates exceptional feedback!

Image

CASC established their Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course in June 2008 and in January 2009 we completed a short internal evaluation of the programme to date. Of 50 learners who attended in 2008, 100% said that they would recommend the course to others and 94% felt that the course represented value for money. 82% of learners rated the course “very good” overall and this is encouraging given that many attendees have been senior audit managers, NAGG members, etc. We are looking to improve the course and speed up OCN accreditation and in February we are assessing all assessments sent to us by learners. The next course takes place on 7th May and for more details can be found via the training section of our website.

Just a lot of hot air? – latest blog now available

Image

Our PCT blogger has written her second installment entitled “The true wind of change or just a lot of hot air?” The blog makes entertaining listening and asks a number of interesting and serious questions relating to the proposed reinvigoration of clinical audit in the UK. It is a short and snappy podcast and will be of interest to those of you with a remit for clinical audit. The blog brings the total number of podcasts released by CASC to over 20 and more are planned at the start of 2009. To access our podcasc page, click here. If you have an idea for a podcast you would like to record with us, please let us know as we would be interested in developing this in collaboration with you.

PFPB book update

Image

As you may be aware, the Clinical Audit Support Centre are in the process of updating Principles for Best Practice. We have had a number of requests for updates on progress with this initiative and the current position is that we are still working on the manuscript with the support of others. Changes to audit arrangements at a national level over the last 18 months have not helped progress and we took a pragmatic view, with the support of the publishers, that it was important to delay the book to take into account recent developments. We are meeting the publishers later in February 2009 to review progress and CASC will keep you informed of developments via this website.

Significant Event Audit initiative gains momentum!

Image

The Clinical Audit Support Centre advocate the use of Significant Event Audit as a way of teams reflecting on their practice and using the tool to minimise future problems and errors. Over the last 18 months we have been working closely with the NPSA and Nottingham County tPCT to assess the quality of SEA reports submitted via the QOF process. This initiative has been featured in the Health Service Journal and at a number of recent international healthcare conferences. A re-audit of the initial project has just been carried out by Stephen and Tracy and all PCTs in the East Midlands area are being encouraged to undertake the initial work. If you would like support developing SEA within your organisation or if you require more information on the study we have carried out, please contact us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com.

Top