Clinical Governance

    Clinical governance is a framework through which healthcare teams are accountable for the quality, safety, and satisfaction of clients in the care they deliver.

    What Is Clinical Governance?

    Clinical governance is a framework through which healthcare teams are accountable for the quality, safety, and satisfaction of clients in the care they deliver. It is built on the model of the general manager or equivalent working in partnership with the clinical director, director of nursing/midwifery and service/professional leads. A key characteristic of clinical governance is a culture and commitment to agreed service levels and quality of care to be provided.

    Benefits of Clinical Governance

    Clinical governance help ensure people receive the care they need in a safe, nurturing, open and just environment arising from corporate accountability for clinical performance. The benefit of clinical governance rests in improved client experiences and better health outcomes in terms of quality and safety. This has resulted in the clinical governance approach being widely adopted internationally.

    Clinical Governance Vision

    Clinical governance is an integral component of governance arrangements, where:

    •  Each individual, as part of a team, knows the purpose and function of leadership and accountability for good clinical and social care.
    • Each individual, as part of a team, knows their responsibility, level of authority and who they are accountable to.
    •  Each individual, as part of a team, understands how the principles of clinical governance can be applied in their diverse practice.
    • A culture of trust, openness, respect, and caring is evident among managers, clinicians, staff and clients.
    • Each individual, as part of a team, consistently demonstrates a commitment to the principles of clinical governance in decision making.
    • Clinical governance is embedded within the overall corporate governance arrangement for the statutory and voluntary health and personal social services in realising improved outcomes for clients

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