Clinical Governance (CG) is defined as ‘A framework through which NHS organisations are accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish’.
Our CG framework is our internal framework for the systematic establishment, monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of our service to meet external quality standards such as those set by:
- Provider regulators which look at the organisation’s systems and processes in place to manage and deliver care. In England, these include Care Quality Commission (CQC) for all practices and NHS England for practices delivering NHS services.
- Professional regulators which look at the conduct, performance, competence and ethics of individual health care professionals.
The overriding aims of our CG Framework are to achieve quality of care by:
- Ensuring clinical governance is embedded into every day working practice.
- Continually reviewing and improving our policies and procedures to set out our internal standards.
- Focus on training and development to help equip our team with the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality of care.
- Ensure we have clear lines of reporting with rapid escalation where required and appropriate.
- Have a solid IT infrastructure.
- Have structured governance meeting on a regular rhythm.
- The framework to disseminate learning throughout the organisation.
The key components of our Clinical Governance Framework:
- Risk management
- Evidence Based Practice
- Professional Development and Training
- Patient and Public Engagement
- Information Management