Selected Internet Resources – Clinical Governance
What is Clinical Governance?
The NHS document
A First Class Service: Quality in the New NHS defines clinical governance 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”
Clinical governance holds health services accountable for the safety, quality and effectiveness of clinical care delivered to patients.
Clinical Governance involves:
Clinical Audit – “a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change”.
Continuing Education and Training
Patient and Public involvement and Experience
Staffing and Staff Management
The Use of Information
National Clinical Assessment Service – “The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), is a division of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). NCAS promotes public confidence in doctors and dentists by giving confidential advice and support to the NHS on how to manage doctors and dentists whose performance gives cause for concern. If a difficulty becomes apparent, the employer, contracting body or the practitioner can contact NCAS for help. The aim of NCAS is to work with all parties to clarify the concerns and make recommendations to help the practitioner deliver a high-quality and safe service for patients.”
ScHARR – The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield
Evidence Based Medicine
AHRQ Web M and M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web)
– From the (US) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ‘Online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality’
Patient Confidentiality and Access to Health Records – Guidance from the DOH
Practical Handbook for Clinical Audit – Published by the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team, “this handbook has been developed with the intention of improving clinical audit at a local level and is designed for use in acute trusts, primary care trusts (PCTs), ambulance trusts and mental health trusts. There are many different models for clinical audit which work well at a local level and the handbook documents the range of models which are applicable and where possible gives examples of good practice. The handbook is designed to give advice and guidance to those organisations where local clinical audit is proving difficult to embed within the trust and to improve its integration into clinical governance.
Page last updated 22 July 2010