In this section
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
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.