An Early Definition Of Clinical Governance Essay

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An early definition of clinical governance is “a system through which NHS organisations are accountable for continually 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 & Donaldson, 1998). Clinical governance has been at the top of the NHS agenda for several years, it incorporates 6 main components which are: risk management, clinical audit, education, training and continuing professional development, evidence based care and effectiveness, patient and carer experience and involvement and staffing and staff management (Pearce, McSherry, & Tingle, 2011). The proposed change of a new eating and drinking policy would be linked with the aspect of patient and carer experience and involvement but would also incorporate aspects of evidence based care and effectiveness.

A classic definition of change is that of (Lippitt, 1973), who described change as any planned or unplanned alteration in the status quo of an organism, situation, or process. Planned change is described as the deliberate, calculated and collaborative application of knowledge and skills by a leader to bring about improvements (Marquis & Huston, 2015). The NMC Code (NMC, 2015) states that nurses and midwives ‘deliver care based on the best available evidence or best practice ' this indicates the continual need to enhance practice through change. As well as the code of conduct there are various other…

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