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Clinical governance: its origins and its foundations

S. Nicholls (Researcher, National Clinical Governance Support Team)
R. Cullen (Programme Director, National Clinical Governance Support Team)
S. O’Neill (Communications Director, National Clinical Governance Support Team)
A. Halligan (Head of the National Clinical Governance Support Team)

British Journal of Clinical Governance

ISSN: 1466-4100

Article publication date: 1 September 2000

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Abstract

This article from the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team (NCGST) outlines the development of quality concerns since the NHS was founded in 1948. It traces the development of clinical governance as a means of achieving continuous quality improvement and describes what the implementation of clinical governance means for patients and professionals. It analyses features of the cultural shift necessary to underpin quality improvement initiatives and describes with practical examples the constituents of the culture necessary for successful clinical governance. Future articles in this series will address other issues around clinical governance and will explain the model being followed by delegates to the NCGST’s Clinical Governance Development Programme as they implement clinical governance “on the ground”.

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Nicholls, S., Cullen, R., O’Neill, S. and Halligan, A. (2000), "Clinical governance: its origins and its foundations", British Journal of Clinical Governance, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 172-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777270010734055

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