Introduction to Clinical Governance
The Directorate of Clinical Governance and Organizational Standards is responsible for developing standards for all types of Healthcare Establishments (HCEs) including Hospitals, diagnostic centres, medical clinics, nursing homes, maternity homes, dental clinics, Homeopathic clinics, Tibbi clinics acupuncture, physiotherapy clinics or any other premises or conveyance wholly and partly used for providing healthcare services; and those declared by the Government as a healthcare establishment, encompassing Allopathic, Homeopathic and Tibbi disciplines of treatments. The level of standards ranges from minimum to that of accreditation, keeping in view the local context and the ground realities.
The Directorate is also responsible for developing the related Reference Materials for implementation of these standards by the HCEs and Guidance Material /Tools to facilitate Assessors / Surveyors /Inspectors for assessment of implementation level of the standards for facilitating decision making at SHCC for issuing of license or an advice to improve in case of non-compliance.
Identifying the needs and responding to the demands of Stakeholders, the Directorate of CG & T has also undertaken a facilitative role to build the Capacity of HCE staff for implementing the minimum prescribed standards in the required spirit. A comprehensive training program has therefore been developed and being rolled out to enable the management and clinical staff to implement MSDS before the assessment for licensing is undertaken.
The Directorate is also tasked to train the experts from the medical fraternity, both Public and Private, as Assessors/Surveyors/Inspectors for formation of Assessment Teams.
For the first time, all health organisations will have a statutory duty to seek quality improvement through clinical governance. In the future, well managed organisations will be those in which financial control, service performance, and clinical quality are fully integrated at every level.