Effective clinical governance for the medical profession

‘Clinical governance is the system through which organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which clinical excellence can flourish.’

Effective clinical governance contributes to the safety and quality of patient care. Good clinical governance must support the early identification of risks and concerns that lead to individual, team and wider organisational learning. 

This handbook acts as a resource to support organisations in evaluating the effectiveness of their local arrangements for doctors, including clinical governance, revalidation, concerns about doctors and pre-employment checks. 

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Who is this handbook for?
Individuals who play important leadership roles in delivering and assuring the quality of clinical governance processes for doctors in the UK. 
What is its purpose?
To provide boards with a description of the core principles underpinning effective clinical governance for doctors, focusing particularly on responsibilities outlined in the Responsible Officer regulations.