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Stephen Ashmore


Stephen Ashmore joined the NHS in 1995 and has over ten years experience working in clinical audit and quality assurance. He initially began his career as a trainee audit facilitator for Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust before leaving the Acute sector and becoming Manager of Leicestershire Primary Care Audit Group in 1999.

Stephen joined the Health Service with a degree in History and Politics from Keele University and was awarded a distinction in 1998 upon completing Leicester University’s Certificate in Clinical Audit Support. In 2000 he undertook De Montfort University’s Clinical Governance Module and he recently attained the City and Guilds 7407 Teaching Certificate for Adult Learners. Stephen left the NHS in 2006 and jointly set up the Clinical Audit Support Centre.

Stephen’s NHS based experience includes:

  • His 2003 report “Learning from Clinical Governance Reviews – Guidance for NHS Trusts” included audit criteria to help NHS Trusts prepare for reviews by the Healthcare Commission
  • Contributing to the National Clinical Audit Handbook (published in 2005)
  • Planning and managing PCAG’s support of 160 local general practices to conduct the GPAQ patient survey
  • Developed and managed countywide repeat prescribing audit.

CASC based experience includes:

  • Development of the Clinical Audit Tools website that rapidly gained over 1000 members
  • Reporting CASC’s annual ‘State of Clinical Audit’ survey that aims to gain an overview of how clinical audit is progressing through the views of key stakeholders/participants
  • Managing the annual calendar of non-medical prescribing educational events for Leicestershire-based NMPs
  • Supporting UK-based and international learners on CASC’s accredited distance-learning course
  • Co-author of the methodology sections of New Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit (published 2011)
  • Frequent keynote speaker at local, regional and national events and conferences
  • Helping to co-ordinate CASC’s annual clinical audit and quality improvement competitions for junior doctors
  • Working to support a wide range of national clinical audit and quality improvement activities including evaluation of the first-ever social care audit, delivery of the Clinical Audit Teaching Toolkit and development of ground breaking RCA in clinical audit training sessions and guidance
  • Helping healthcare teams to focus on problem areas, such as, patient involvement in quality improvement and how to reduce the number of patients who do not attend for appointments, etc.
  • Contributions to academic journals including Primary Care Report, Quality in Primary Care, Pharmacy in Practice and the Association of Clinical Pathologists News.

Away from work Stephen and his partner Charlie enjoy camping, running and cooking.

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