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POLICY: Suggested criteria for reviewing the arrangements for clinical and care governance within integration schemes

01 October 2014
RCN Scotland and Scottish Executive Nurse Directors joint recommendations for how clinical and care governance is written into integration agreements in Scotland
This paper sets out a joint position between RCN Scotland and the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors on how clinical and care governance arrangements for integrated services should align with the existing arrangements for clinical and care governance already in place within health boards and local authorities. It sets out the need for a consistent approach to ensuring the quality and safety of care across all services, whether they are integrated or not. The integration scheme needs to set out how this will be done and how the following key elements of clinical and care governance will be implemented: 
- Quality and effectiveness of care
- Professional standards and regulation
- Safety and risk assessment
- Leadership and culture
- Learning, audit and continuous improvement
If you have any comments or would like to find out more information then please contact the RCN Scotland Policy team by emailing them at policyscotland@rcn.org.uk or by filling in the attached feedback form and sending it to Policy, RCN Scotland, 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH