Updated handbook on effective clinical governance for doctors

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a revised clinical governance handbook for organisations that employ, contract or oversee the practice of doctors in the UK. 

Effective clinical governance for the medical profession outlines the role that boards and governing bodies should play in governance for doctors, and how this can contribute to high-quality patient care. 

The handbook provides clearer advice about clinical governance processes for doctors including annual appraisals, managing concerns and pre-employment checks.

The guide was first published in 2013, shortly after the introduction of revalidation – the process through which doctors show they’re up-to-date and fit to practise. Changes in the revised version address Sir Keith Pearson’s recommendation, in his 2017 report Taking revalidation forward, that the handbook should reflect learning and system developments from the first five years of revalidation.

Eight other organisations across the UK including regulators and improvement bodies have worked with the GMC to update the handbook to make sure it’s relevant to the variety of settings in which a doctor might work. 

Signatories to the handbook include:

Care Quality Commission, Crown Commercial Service, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, National Guardian, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.