Lifeline Project Annual Review 08/09

Enhanced Clinical Governance

Clinical Governance is a framework for continuously improving the safety and quality of our services, and safeguarding high standards of care within the context of relevant statutory requirements, national guidance, and local requirements. Clinical Governance is supported by clear organisational accountabilities, the development of an open learning culture, and investment in success at all levels of the organisation.


Clinical Governance is by no means new to Lifeline, but will now take on a greater significance in our services, as a series of processes to bring about positive change and to support existing good practice. To that end we have appointed a new Clinical Governance Lead, Mick Barwood, who will be working with us support strategic development and provide specialist knowledge and guidance. Mick has extensive experience of clinical work in healthcare settings.

Our Clinical Governance framework incorporates a number of key components including risk management, clinical audit, quality, workforce development, service user involvement, accountability and effective leadership. Above all, this framework will ensure that we deliver the safest and most effective services for our clients and other stakeholders.

Our Clinical Governance strategy has just been approved by the Board and our first step is to carry out a baseline audit of what services we offer, to whom, and to what level. This process has already begun. We believe that effective clinical governance is developed in partnership with staff at all levels of the organisation, our beneficiaries, and the commissioners and partnerships in the localities in which we work. We are also establishing working groups to take forward a range of subjects such as clinical audit and non-medical prescribing.

None of us are untouched by Clinical Governance. You will be aware of the success it has had in the NHS where, when implemented well, it provides a framework that can lead towards a skilled workforce, with effective implementation of evidence based practice and better, safer outcomes for users.