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What is Clinical Governance?

Clinical governance is the framework through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their service and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish.

Why do we need Clinical Governance?

To ensure that
  • Patient centred care needs are at the heart of every NHS organisation. This means that patients are treated courteously, kept well informed and are given the opportunity to participate in decisions about their care
  • Health professionals have the right education, training, skills, competencies and supervision to deliver the care needed by patients
  • Health professionals work in teams to a consistently high standard and identify ways to provide safer and better care for their patients
  • Good evidence based information about the quality of services is available to those providing the service as well as to patients and the public
  • Processes which improve the quality of care are in place throughout the organisation
  • Risks and hazards to patients are reduced to as low a level as possible in order to create a safety culture throughout the NHS.
  • Health professionals recognise and act on poor performance and staff are helped to learn from their mistakes
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