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dateJune 1, 2024
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authorSmall Care Home Group
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Clinical Governance And How Our Care Quality Consultants Can Help

Ensuring top-notch care quality is crucial – and this is just as important for care homes which provide nursing care, as it is for hospitals. 

Clinical governance serves as the cornerstone in this endeavour, offering a structured framework to uphold standards, improve practices, and ultimately, enhance patient outcomes. But what exactly does clinical governance involve, and how can our care quality consultants lend a hand? 

In this blog, we break down what clinical governance is all about, as well as how our care quality consultants can help you monitor and improve the standard of care you provide. 

Understanding clinical governance

Clinical governance essentially involves all the systems, processes, and culture within an organisation providing healthcare that aim to continuously improve the quality and safety of patient care. You can view it as a compass which continuously steers healthcare providers toward excellence in every aspect of their service delivery.

What are the 7 pillars of clinical governance?

The seven fundamental pillars of clinical governance include: 

1. Patient and stakeholder involvement – Input and feedback from both patients/clients and the public to develop services, ensuring the quality of care experiences is continually improved.

2. Risk management – Systems should be in place to understand, monitor, and minimise risks to protect both patients and staff.

3. Clinical audit – Regular audits help monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical practices, identifying areas for improvement.

4. Education and training – Continuous learning and skill development among healthcare staff brings a culture of excellence and innovation.

5. Clinical effectiveness – Ensuring that clinical interventions are based on the best available evidence and are consistently delivering positive outcomes.

6. Information and communication – Effective communication channels and access to accurate information support seamless coordination and decision-making.

7. Staff Management – Ensuring the safe and suitable recruitment and supervision of staff. 

Our care quality consultants can help

Navigating the details of clinical governance can be daunting, especially when you’re already dealing with a range of responsibilities in managing nursing care. This is where our team of experienced care quality consultants steps in, offering tailored support to streamline your journey towards excellence in care delivery.

We can assist you across the seven pillars of clinical governance.

Tailored guidance

We’ll work closely with you to develop tailored strategies that align with your organisation’s unique needs and goals, ensuring that patient and stakeholder involvement remains at the forefront of decision-making processes.

Risk assessment and management

Our consultants can conduct comprehensive risk assessments, identify potential hazards and implement risk management protocols to safeguard patient safety.

Audit support

From designing audit frameworks to conducting thorough assessments and analysing findings, we provide end-to-end support to help you use clinical audits for continuous improvement.

Training programs

We offer a range of educational initiatives and training programs tailored to the specific needs of your staff, empowering them with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high-quality care consistently.

Effective communication channels

Our consultants assist in establishing clear communication channels and setting up efficient information-sharing systems to improve collaboration and coordination among teams.

Leadership development

We provide leadership development programs aimed at equipping your management team with the skills and knowledge required to drive quality improvement initiatives effectively and create a culture of accountability and excellence.

Get in touch 

With the support of our experienced care quality consultants, navigating the world of clinical governance can become manageable. To learn more about how our care quality consultants can support you, please get in touch here or give us a call on 01704 808164