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Clinical governance

"Clinical governance is 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." (Scally and Donaldson 1998, p.61)

The RCN aims to promote a better understanding of clinical governance with this web resource. It wants to help those working within the nursing family to become more involved with local and national quality improvement projects.

The resource describes services and support available from the RCN and these are matched to five key themes of clinical governance. It also shows where to find support from other agencies.

If you have any comments or enquiries regarding this resource please contact us at: qualityandsafety@rcn.org.uk.

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Wales

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Reference

Scally G and Donaldson LJ (1998) Clinical governance and the drive for quality improvement in the new NHS in England. British Medical Journal 317(7150) 4 July pp.61-65.

If you have any comments or enquiries regarding this resource please contact us at: qualityandsafety@rcn.org.uk.