Clinical governance is the term used to describe a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care within a health system. Its most widely cited formal definition describes it 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.” (Scally and Donaldson, 1998)
This definition is intended to embody three key attributes: recognisably high standards of care, transparent responsibility and accountability for those standards, and a constant dynamic of improvement. It addresses those structures, systems and processes that assure the quality, accountability and proper management of an organisation’s operation and delivery of service.
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