Introduction to Clinical Governance

Clinical Governance is an initiative to ensure health facilities have in place a system to support continuous improvement in the quality of care.  This includes having policies and procedures to safeguard patient care and, importantly, promoting an organisational culture that encourages patients, visitors and staff to report any concerns they may have or make suggestions for improvement.  In addition, the clinical governance system should include, (i) fully functional procedures for professional development, (ii) appraisals, (iii) effective team management and, (iv) adverse incident reporting system(s).