The Principles And Patterns Of Clinical Governance

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Introduction In the United Kingdom, the concept of clinical governance was first published in the document “The New NHS: Modern, Dependable” (Department of Health, 1997).From the beginning until today, there are multiple different approaches and variety of definitions related to clinical governance. This report seeks to critically evaluate some of the principles and patterns regarding to clinical governance. Policies of Clinical Governance “Clinical Governance describes the structure processes and culture needed to ensure that health care organizations – and all individuals with them- can assure the quality of care they provide and are continuously seeking to improve it” (Department of Health 2001). The White Paper- The New NHS: Modern, Dependable was the key to understand that the high quality and safety of the patient should be on top of the list. It aimed to renew the NHS as a genuinely national system where high quality, equal treatment and care would be provided to all patients. This concept was further developed, with the document A First Class Services- Quality in the New NHS (Department of Health 1998). It includes widely disparate functions such as regulation, managing under performance, continuously professional development, and quality improvement in order to provide integrated care between NHS, the public, the managers and the medical staff. An essential feature of Clinical Governance was to monitor and improve professional performances. Furthermore, at the same
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