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Governance and healthcare

Governance is often described a framework for continuously improving and safeguarding the quality of care we give to our patients. Governance has been defined by the Department of Health as:

"A framework through which 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" (A First Class Service, Department of Health, 1998)

At St George Health we work to promote this excellence in clinical care through the seven areas of the Standards for Better Health.

The seven areas

  • Safety
  • Clinical and Cost Effectiveness
  • Governance
  • Patient Focus
  • Accessible and Responsive Care
  • Care Environment and Amenities
  • Public Health

Who is responsible for Healthcare Governance?

Whilst ultimate responsibility rests with the Chief Executive everyone working at the hospital has a part to play. The group's nominated lead for Healthcare Governance is the Corporate Governance Manager but each hospital team help develop, promote and implement the healthcare governance agenda across the organisation and at individual unit level. Health & Social Care Act 2008

This new legislation which became live in April 2010 identifies 23 outcomes, these are the core requirements we aim to meet and exceed, year on year, guided by our governance systems which both support and act as a critical friend to ensure we continue to place both our service users and carers at the centre of our service.