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Education for clinical governance

Peter Bayliss (Peter Bayliss is Dean of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.)
Peter Hill (Peter Hillis Postgraduate Dean and Director at the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.)
Kenneth Calman (Kenneth Calman is Vice‐chancellor and Warden at the University of Durham, Durham, UK.)
John Hamilton (ohn Hamilton is Academic Director, Phase I Medicine (MBBS), University of Durham Stockton Campus, Stockton on Tees, UK.)

British Journal of Clinical Governance

ISSN: 1466-4100

Article publication date: 1 March 2001



For the modernisation of the NHS and successful implementation of clinical governance there must be a new curriculum, with new educational goals for the education of clinicians, managers and consumers. Whilst many elements to that end have been introduced in recent years, a missing element is the study of the system of health care as a system, its properties and risks. The study of safety of and adverse outcomes from error in the “Quality of Australian health care”, highlighted not only preventable error in individual clinical decision and actions, but more importantly the hidden flaws, the latent errors within the system of health care that can lead to such errors. The study of system error in health care is greatly enhanced by the experience of comparable studies of safety in industry. These issues are explored in postgraduate vocational education and training. Perhaps they should be core curriculum for all undergraduate health profession and management education.



Bayliss, P., Hill, P., Calman, K. and Hamilton, J. (2001), "Education for clinical governance", British Journal of Clinical Governance, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 7-8.




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