Clinical governance


Establishing an effective clinical governance system 

Clinical Governance Module 12


This guide provides an overview of what must be done (when, how and by whom) to establish an effective clinical governance system in a general practice setting.

An organisational culture that supports clinical governance is critical to continuous quality and safety improvement.

This involves creating a practice environment that is open, inclusive, and encouraging of education, professional development, research, sharing good ideas and practices.

Such practices become learning organisations where constructive criticism, cooperative development and inter-professional respect allow successes to be celebrated, and where mistakes are treated as opportunities for improvement.

For the purpose of this guide, clinical governance is defined as a ‘systems approach’ to continuous quality and safety improvement, for which GPs and all practice staff share responsibility and accountability for agreed outcomes.

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