Clinical Governance

Quick reference guide

A simple definition of clinical governance is the recognition and maintenance of good practice, learning from mistakes and improving quality of services provided to patients.

Clinical governance is also 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.

There is no single task which is clinical governance, but there are a series of processes which build up the picture that is clinical governance. These processes can be used by pharmacists, their managers and employers to help improve and deliver high quality services to patients. These processes can be found below.

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