Clinical Governance

  • What is Clinical Governance?

    Clinical Governance is a system by which managing bodies (i.e. the RCH Board and Executive), managers, clinicians and staff share responsibility and accountability for the quality of care, continuously improving, minimizing risks and fostering an environment of excellence in care for consumers / patients / residents.

    An effective system of clinical governance at all levels of the health system is essential to ensure continuous improvement in the safety and quality of care. Good clinical governance makes certain that there is accountability and create a ‘just’ culture that is able to embrace reporting and support improvement. Consumers are central to identifying safety and quality issues and the solutions that must be implemented.1 Victorian clinical governance framework

    How does Clinical Governance work at RCH?

    The RCH has a clinical governance structure to support the organisation’s strategic plan ‘Delivery of Great Care’. The structure is defined by the Great Care Committee structure which comprises of a number of clinical governance committees, culminating in reporting to the highest levels of the organisations to ensure that there is appropriate reporting, monitoring and oversight of clinical quality and safety issues. Consumer Representative Volunteers sit on many of these committees and provide the consumer perspective and input to our clinical governance structure.