Patient Safety and Governance
Clinical Governance is the way that the NHS works to improve and maintain the quality of care that patients receive. It is about ensuring that patients get the right care at the right time from the right person.
At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), responsibility for clinical governance lies with every member of staff, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, managers, radiographers, laboratory staff, cleaners, porters and administrative staff. We are clinically lead and managerially supported. Everyone works together to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.
The Trust Governance Unit works together with other members of staff to ensure the Trust meets its statutory duty to maintain high-quality services. Our team manage chaplaincy services and coordinate emergency preparedneess, policy administration, patient information, information governance, incident management, clinical audit and clinical effectiveness. We coordinate Advancing Quality, Patient Safety initiatives, Health & Safety, PALS, Complaints and Litigation and take the organisational lead role for administration of external registration and accreditation by organisations such as Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA). These functions are provided across the Trust-wide footprint.
"Quality is our organising principle and compliance with standards, targets and regulatory requirements are a given."
The Governance Unit can be contacted on 01254 733704