The Importance of Leadership in Making Clinical Governance Work

International Journal of Applied HRM (ISSN: 1742-2604) Volume 2 Issue 2

Mrs. Dawn Harrison


Clinical governance is about changing the way people work, demonstrating that leadership, teamwork and communication is as important to high-quality care as risk management and clinical effectiveness. Individual healthcare professionals need to embrace change, adopting reflective practice, which places patients at the centre of their thinking. Teams need to become true multi-disciplinary groups, where understanding about roles, about sharing information and knowledge and about support for each other becomes part of everyday practice. Leadership at every level from the Board and throughout management is clearly crucial to the success of clinical governance.

This study set out to discover whether managers in clinical services in three acute NHS Trusts are, in the view of nursing staff, exhibiting effective leadership skills in promoting clinical governance. The overall results indicated that nursing staff believe that inadequate leadership is being displayed by nursing and general managers across these three structures. The study provides some insight into the need for leadership, which supports the development of a learning organisation, and identifies the components of a programme to support the development of leadership skills.

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