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Kreckler et al win first-ever national junior doctor clinical audit competition

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The results of the Clinical Audit Support Centre’s first-ever ‘junior doctor audit of the year’ competition were announced at Healthcare Events conference in Manchester on 18th November. A total of 125 entries were submitted and after close scrutiny from the CASC judging team first-place was awarded to Dr Simon Kreckler’s innovative audit on ‘Improving DVT prophylaxis’. Second place was awarded to Davidson et al for their audit on ‘Airway care bundles in ITU’ with Peterson and Windall’s ‘Antibiotic prophylaxis in trauma surgery’ taking 3rd place. Overall the event proved a huge success and a raft of new materials and resources will subsequently be made available as a result of the competition. Plans for a repeat competition and event in 2011 are in advanced stages and more details will be released via the CASC website soon.

Several new podcasts now available

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We have recently added a new podcast which provides feedback on the ‘Clinical Audit and Revalidation conference that took place in Manchester on 16th September 2010. In addition, ‘Grumpy Old Auditor’ aka John Grant-Casey from the NHS Blood and Transplant Team is rapidly gaining a cult status in the audit community. John/Grumpy has written short articles for our Clinical Audit Today e-journal since June 2009 and these are now available in podcast format. Stephen has recorded the first four articles and we hope that John will be able to record his future musings. They are hilarious, delightfully non-PC and often take no prisoners. Whether you have spent your career working at the audit coalface or you are new to the field you are sure to find them an entertaining listen. Click here for more details.

Finalists for ‘Junior Doctor Audit of the Year’ announced

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre have just released details of the finalists for our ‘Junior Doctor Clinical Audit of the Year’ competition. The competition was open to all junior doctors in the UK and a very respectable total of 125 entries were received. Entries have now been reviewed by the judging panel and 66 audits and their authors have been invited to display their projects at the ‘Junior Doctor Led Clinical Audit’ conference (click here for more details) in Manchester on 18th November. The winner receives a bundle of prizes, including: publication of their audit project in Clinical Audit Today journal, the opportunity to present their audit at Clinical Audit and Improvement 2011 conference in London and a further free place at a forthcoming Healthcare Events conference.

Raft of new updates from HQIP

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Over the last 10 days the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have released a raft of new materials. These include: a comprehensive 46 page ‘Guide to ensuring data quality in CA’, feedback on the HQIP ‘stakeholder survey 2010’ that was completed by 422 respondents and an update on the CAKE digital platform now undergoing user acceptance testing. The Board Engagement Matrix is now live and HQIP have also revealed details of the National Clinical Audit Summit scheduled for 14th March 2011 in London. HQIP have also announced that the Government has confirmed that the National Joint Registry Steering Committee will have its status changed to that of a Department of Health committee of experts.

Six new podcasts now available with more to come!

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre have recently added six new podcasts to iTunes and the poscasc section of our website website – click here for more details. The new podcasts provide an audio version of recent Clinical Audit Today journal editorials written by Stephen Ashmore and Tracy Ruthven. The podcasts look at important current matters, such as: the reinvigoration of clinical audit and how this is being measured, why men appear to rule the clinical audit world, why clinical audit needs to start proving its worth, etc. The release of the latest podcasts takes the total recorded and available for listeners to 37 and a further four more will be released at the start of October – so watch this space!

Who is staying and who is quan-going?

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The Department of Health published ‘Liberating the NHS: Report of the arms-length bodies review’ on 28th July 2010. The report sets out proposals for arms-length bodies (ALBs) in the health and social care sector and is likely to have implications for healthcare staff working in clinical audit and quality improvement. The report focuses on the new coalition government’s strategy to increase accountability and transparency and reduce the number/cost of quangos. The report cuts the number of ALBs from 18 to between 8-10 and will deliver savings of over £180 million by 2015. Abolished quangos include: National Patient Safety Agency, Health Protection Agency and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. To access the report in full, click here.

CASC publish report on Clinical Audit Job Vacancies

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The Clinical Audit Support Centre have recently published a fifteen page report looking at clinical audit job vacancies advertised between July 2009 and March 2010. The report looks at 140 vacancies and examines the range of clinical audit jobs on offer, salary banding for similar posts, vacancies per month, etc. The report will be of interest to all professionals working in clinical audit and the key finding is that the number of advertised vacancies has fallen significantly from 2009 to 2010. The report also includes a series of recommendations for audit staff and national organisations (e.g. HQIP, NCAAG and NAGG) and this report will be updated on a six-monthly basis to show trends over time. To download the report, please click here.

CASC invited to present at international event

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The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) have invited the Clinical Audit Support Centre to present details of a joint national audit with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at their 27th international conference taking place in Paris this Autumn. CASC support a range of national organisations in providing clinical audit advice and expertise and the Medicines Use Review Audit is an initiative that has enabled Community Pharmacists to monitor the care they deliver to patients and gain patient feedback. The national audit is available electronically and has proved extremely cost effective. We are in the process of developing more audit tools with the RPSGB and for those of you interested in finding out more about the ISQua conference, please visit www.isqua.org

NMP conference proves great success!

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On 30th March the Clinical Audit Support Centre hosted the Non-Medical Prescribers conference at the NSPCC Training Centre in Leicestershire. There was great interest in the event with over 140 delegates attending. Keynote speakers included: Sam Sherrington (NMP National Advisor, National Prescribing Centre), Rebecca Cheatle (Professional Advisor, NMC) and Richard Griffith (University of Swansea). David Gerrett (National Patient Safety Agency) chaired the day and delegates had the opportunity to take part in two workshops looking at Appropriate Prescribing in Sexual Health and Appropriate Prescribing in Pain Management. The conference evaluated very highly and full details will be sent to participants very soon. CASC are continuing to run a wide range of education events, please contact us if you require more details / information.

Key news from the Belfry: HQIP conference roundup

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership held their second national two-day conference from 27-28th April 2010. Key messages from the event included: a reminder for professionals to use the National Clinical Audit Forum and the first look at the planned Clinical Audit Knowledge Exchange. HQIP also launched a number of new documents, e.g. a guide to involving junior doctors in audit, using statistics in audit and guides on how to present clinical audit to the public. The event included a range of workshops and seven keynote speakers and interesting discussions took place on balancing national/local audit workloads and delivering clinical audit with less local resources. The highlight of the event was the evening reception that incorporated the Clinical Audit Awards ceremony culminating with Royal Berkshire winning the prestigious ‘gold’ award. Full details of the event are available via the HQIP website.

Book for various CASC courses in 2010

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If you want to get 2010 off to a great start then Andy Cope’s Art of Being Brilliant course will be perfect for you! Andy is an accredited trainer/best selling author and his Art of Being Brilliant day will help you review your working practices and inspire you to make positive changes that will make a real impact. The course has run twice previously and feedback has been exceptionally positive with previous attendees finding the day incredibly thought provoking and useful. In addition to Art of Being Brilliant we have also updated our training diary and we are offering accredited courses in Advanced Audit, Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit and Root Cause Analysis during the first-half of 2010. Request more details and booking forms via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

Book now for Quality Accounts conference

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Help the Hospices, in partnership with the Department of Health, is jointly hosting a quality accounts conference (12 May, London) to support hospices in meeting the statutory requirement of The Health Act 2009 to produce quality accounts. 'High quality care for all' proposed that all providers of NHS healthcare services should produce a quality account: an annual report to the public about the quality of services delivered. The Health Act 2009 places this requirement onto a statutory footing and from June 2010, all providers of hospice inpatient care will be required to produce a quality account. For further information email the courses and conferences team. Keynote speakers include: Neil Townley (Department of Health Quality Accounts Team) and Catherine Foot (Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund). The event will be chaired by Jo Blackburn (Director of Practice Development, Help the Hospices) and the cost of the event is just £115 plus VAT for non-members.

HQIP publish Trust Board guidance and report

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The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have recently published ‘Clinical Audit – A simple guide for NHS Boards and partners’. The guidance – written by Dr John Bullivant and Andrew Corbett-Nolan – is designed to aid NHS Boards in managing their clinical audit programme. In addition, HQIP have also released findings from their recent NHS Trust Boards survey. 110 senior staff were quizzed as part of the survey and results show that 80% of respondents agree that Boards are making serious efforts to back auditors in reviewing audit results implementing change. The survey also showed the level of Board engagement has remained static in 55% but increased in 45% of cases (in the last 12 months). Relevant documents are available via www.hqip.org.uk and those with an interest in clinical audit may also be interested in reading the relevant article in Health Service Journal from 30th March (page 6) entitled ‘Board failing to engage on quality clinical audit’.

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