The UK Department of Health defined “Clinical governance” as a system through which organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care, by creating an environment in which clinical excellence will flourish.
HKU Health System adopted clinical governance as a generic term for everything that helps to maintain and improve high standards of patient care. It covers a whole range of quality and patient safety improvement activities, and provides a framework to draw these activities and tools together in a co-ordinated way.
A “Clinical Governance Handbook” was developed by the HKU Health System to set out uniform guidance and accountability requirements to ensure robust clinical governance that embeds quality and safety in our everyday practice and to facilitate effective oversight of ‘Special Service Units’ within the Faculty.
The Clinical Governance Handbook is applicable to the following Special Service Units: