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March 2024

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Welcome to the latest round-up of clinical audit and programme news, events and updates from HQIP and other relevant healthcare organisations. 


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Clinical Audit Heroes Awards NOW OPEN

We are delighted to announce that the Clinical Audit Heroes awards are NOW OPEN for nominations. There are five categories and more information, including criteria and a short online nomination form for each category, can be found using the following links:

The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday 5 May 2024 and the winners will be announced at a series of Lunch-&-Learn events…

Lunch & Learn events

Online Lunch & Learn events will take place daily during Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2024, from 12.30-1.30pm, as follows:

  • Patient Safety, Monday 24th June 2024
  • Patient and Public Involvement, Tuesday 25th June 2024
  • Healthcare Inequalities, Wednesday 26th June 2024
  • Influencing Change, Thursday 27th June 2024
  • Sustainability, Friday 28th June 2024.

Further details, including links to join these online events, can be viewed on the Clinical Audit Awareness Week page.

Launch event (listen again)
Thank you to everyone who joined our online launch event on 27th March, to learn more about #CAAW24 and the awards, hosted by HQIP's CEO, Chris Gush, and Medical Director, Prof Danny Keenan. More information about this event, together with a recording and the presentation slides, can be found on the Clinical Audit Awareness Week page on HQIP's website.

Get involved
A reminder that we have created a toolkit of resources to support #CAAW24 activities in your organisation and encourage award nominations. Happy #CAAW24 sharing!

More information: Clinical Audit Awareness Week.

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Job opportunity: Information Governance (IG) Support Officer

Closing date: 15 Apr 2024 17:00

Are you seeking a new challenge to help drive improvement in patient outcomes? Would you value an opportunity to develop your skills in a project-based role? If yes, then we would love to hear from you.

We are a small, friendly team working in a fast-paced environment and are seeking an Information Governance (IG) Support Officer to join our team. You will work closely with the IG Lead to support the IG function at HQIP, including assisting with the effective management of the data access request service (DARG).

Previous experience in Data Protection or Information Governance is a plus but is not a requirement for the role.

Location: UK Home working.

Salary: Circa £17,000.

Details: Part time 18.75 hours per week/0.5 FTE across 5 working days. Monday to Friday.

For more information, and a full job description, go to the Work for us page on the HQIP website.

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Article: An ′umbrella approach′ to audit

Each month, we are featuring an article from the 2024 edition of CORNERSTONE, HQIP’s FREE publication designed to support Quality Improvement (QI) in health and care. In this month's piece Caroline Rogers, Associate Director, Quality and Development (NCAPOP), HQIP and Dr Julie Nossiter, Director of Operations, NATCAN reflect on the first year of the National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre (NATCAN).

"In 2023, Professor Peter Johnson, National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England acknowledged the transformative power of healthcare data, saying: “We’re in the middle of a real data revolution in the health service”. It goes without saying that the clinical audit community plays a pivotal role in that ‘data revolution’. However, to best realise the potential of data in healthcare, it too is going through a transformation. We look at the National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre (NATCAN), which takes a truly collaborative approach to clinical audit..."

Read more on page 19 of CORNERSTONE here.

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Article: 20 Years of the National Joint Registry: who benefits?

The third and final article in NJR's stakeholder benefits series in the Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics is now online.

In this final part of the ‘Who benefits?’ series, they outline the benefits of the NJR to service commissioners, regulators and policymakers and to broader society through research and innovation work. These benefits include quality improvement, cost-effectiveness and value for money, continuous surveillance for implant safety, and active participation in the broader healthcare community.

Read the article in full here.

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Patient engagement update

On the 7th March we held a webinar for our National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) provider organisations, to hear about and discuss methods and approaches used to collaborate and involve their patients, carers and communities. It was a fantastic engaging event which involved discussions with HQIP's Service User Network (SUN) members, NCAPOP providers as well as HQIP members of staff, and we look forward to doing more of these events in the future.

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National Vascular Registry - New quarterly data releases

The National Vascular Registry (NVR) has published a new form of data release for the first time this month, relating to patients undergoing vascular surgery. Previously NVR data was published each November alongside the annual report for the Registry; but the NVR team is introducing new quarterly data reports that will ensure that readers can keep up-to-date with the latest figures more regularly through the year. This is in line with latest HQIP requirements for more frequent reporting of data, which is currently being rolled out across many HQIP projects. This first data report provides an overview of key metrics for patients who had a procedure between 01/07/2020 and 30/06/2023. In June 2024, the published report will include data up to 31/12/24, and thereafter the reports will be updated quarterly, providing one additional quarter of data each time.

The report is provided as an interactive Excel spreadsheet, available for download from the NVR website. Within each worksheet, you are able to select a trust/health board in order to view the summary data for that organisation. Looking ahead, the format of the report will be upgraded to an interactive website rather than being in Excel, and we will let readers know when this new reporting feature is live.

For more information and to download the Excel report, go here.

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