Clinical Governance In Healthcare

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Clinical Governance in Healthcare 

The role of clinical governance in infection prevention control


Clinical Governance in Healthcare

Two critical elements in health care delivery are quality and safety of the patient. These two are described by the implementation of effective strategies that limit the risk of errors while promoting the health, welfare, and outcome of the patient. According to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC, 2017), healthcare delivery is governed by various standards which ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. These standards are developed by the government and are based on ensuring the quality of care permeates the whole health care system (ACHS, 2017). Important to note is that a healthcare system is a combination of various subsystems which form the whole sector. In addition, there are departments and units which when brought together achieves the primary goals of care which are quality and safety of the patient. The objectives of ACSQHC are three and include promoting the safety of care where patients receive care without preventable harm coming to them, care appropriateness where people receive evidence-based care that suffices their needs, and partnership with the consumers to ensure the aspects of healthcare planning, provision and evaluation reflect on the quality and patient safety (ACSQHC, 2010). ACSQHC defines quality as an imperative and integral aspect to care. Various stakeholders are therefore involved in care who include the provider, patient, and government. This paper examines healthcare quality and safety promotion through clinical governance in the infection prevention and control program.

Clinical Governance

To effectively ensure quality care and safety, governance remains an imperative aspect. All healthcare providers are expected to demonstrate effective governance and care which is reflected in their professionalism and promoting the quality of patient outcome. It is important for every healthcare provider to understand that their actions, roles, and responsibilities should be centered on promoting the quality and safety of the service receiver (Burley & Greene, 2007). According to Gottwald and Lansdown (2014), clinical governance emanated from the department of health and was described as the model through which a healthcare organization demonstrates the aspect of accountability for consistently enhancing the services quality and fostering for high standards of care. This is achieved through the establishment of an environment where clinical care excels. The NSW Health (2014) on the other hand understands the aspect of clinical governance as consistent with the continued enhancement of care through a systematic approach that is within the healthcare system. NSW Health (2005) notes that administrators and clinicians are required to demonstrate collaborative responsibility in ensuring that the quality of patient care in the healthcare system is not only achieved but also an integral and sustainable aspect in the system. In this regard, this definition is inclusive of four main highlights which include demonstrating high standards of care, ensuring accountability and responsibility for the developed standards that should also be transparent, demonstrating active participation in consistently enhancement strategies, and fostering professional development through training an education. 

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