The Department of Health has published its latest guidance for boards concerning Quality Governance. Quality Governance is, essentially, the ‘replacement’ for ‘clinical governance’ and is aimed at ensuring boards govern what should really matter to NHS provider organisations – quality of patient care.
In addition to the Quality Governance guidance for boards, the Department of health has simultaneously published a report called Maintaining and improving quality during the transition: safety, effectiveness, experience This report is the first in a two-phase review about maintaining and improving quality during the transition and beyond. Building on the February 2010 Review of Early Warning Systems in the NHS, it emphasises how quality must remain the guiding principle as organisations move to implement NHS modernisation, and is clear that healthcare professionals are ultimately responsible for the quality of care provided to patients. Focusing on 2011/12, it describes the key roles and responsibilities for maintaining and improving quality; suggests practical steps to safeguard quality during the transition; and emphasises the importance of the effective handover of knowledge and intelligence on quality between old and new organisations.
Download Quality Governance in the NHS – A guide for provider boards together with Maintaining and improving quality during the transition: safety, effectiveness, experience here.