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What is clinical governance?
What is clinical governance?

The term ‘clinical governance’ was first coined in the context of the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, being ‘a system through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish.'

Frameworks
Lessons from overseas
Person-centred care
Clinical governance vs social care governance
Clinical governance vs social care governance

Unlike clinical governance, there is no national framework for social care governance in Australia, nor definition. The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) of the UK (Northern Ireland) has described the requirements of social care governance as follows (emphasis added): 

Disability
Frameworks
Healthcare
Social Care
Aligning Frameworks
Aligning Frameworks

The Victorian Clinical Governance Framework (VCGF) developed by Safer Care Victoria (as a result of recommendations made in ‘Targeting Zero’) has been a well-adopted state-based clinical governance framework. A recent review by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) of four state health services against the Victorian Clinical Governance Framework offers a useful illustration in assessing the extent to which frameworks align - noting that whilst Victorian health services must have individual clinical governance frameworks suited to their local needs, these must also comply with the VCGF.

Audits
Compliance
Frameworks
What does a clinical governance framework do?
What does a clinical governance framework do?

What do we mean by a clinical governance framework? What should a clinical governance framework do?

Decision-making
Frameworks
Leadership
Roles and responsibilities
Government and governance:  lessons for boards
Government and governance: lessons for boards

One way we can learn from failings is by drawing parallels and considering how lessons of others might apply to your organisation. A vast amount of work has been done around clinical governance in recent years (particularly in Victoria), from which all organisations can continue to benefit regardless of jurisdiction or sector, through a process of analysis and extrapolation.

Audits
Frameworks
Healthcare
Clinical governance and the power within our cross-sector workforce
Clinical governance and the power within our cross-sector workforce

In this webinar recording, A/Prof Debora Picone, CEO at Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, paints a holistic picture of clinical governance across all sectors and explains why Standard 1 is so important. She discusses the cross-sector health and care workforce in the context of clinical governance, highlights the learnings of the review of Standard 1 and provides her key takeaways for health and care workers to pursue safe and quality care.

Continuous improvement
Frameworks
Person-centred care
Standards
What is clinical governance in disability?
What is clinical governance in disability?

Clinical governance (the concept of which emerged in the 1990s in the context of health care) has traditionally attracted less attention in the care of people living with a disability, with a noticeable dearth of research specific to this sector. Such oversight has been highlighted in the recent draft report by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission), which inquired into the Federal Government's approach to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to disability care residents and workers.

Disability
Frameworks
Lessons from overseas
Primary & Community Care
Royal Commissions
Beyond Standard 8, and within it: Clinical governance vs corporate governance
Beyond Standard 8, and within it: Clinical governance vs corporate governance

"Governing bodies of approved providers should be comprised of members whose integrity, skills and independence enable them to act, first and foremost, in the best interests of the people receiving care. Evidence before us has demonstrated, in particular, a lack of adequate clinical governance expertise on the boards of some providers. We consider that each governing body should have a care governance committee, to ensure that quality of care is considered at the highest level of the organisation. The chair of the care governance committee should be a member of the governing body and have appropriate experience in providing care. The focus of care should cascade from the governing body through the executive leadership to all staff."

Aged care
Compliance
Frameworks
Standards
Beyond Standard 8:  Clinical governance and the Aged Care Quality Standards
Beyond Standard 8: Clinical governance and the Aged Care Quality Standards

The Aged Care Quality Standards (Standards) set regulatory requirements for the provision of care and services in aged care. All approved providers of residential care, home care, and flexible care in the form of short-term restorative care must comply with the Standards, which are embedded in Schedule 2 of the Quality of Care Principles 2014 (made under the Aged Care Act 1997).

Compliance
Frameworks
Standards
Continuous improvement in clinical governance
Continuous improvement in clinical governance

There is a lot more to clinical governance than meets the eye. It’s not just about having frameworks, but ‘living’ them, and continuously improving how we design and implement them.

Continuous improvement
Frameworks
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