Clinical governance

Clinical governance across ambulance services

The recent tender for an improved air ambulance service identified that clearer clinical governance processes are needed for air ambulances and a stronger clinical governance system established across the whole ambulance system (ie, road, air and district health board services).

Two workshops were run with the sector in November 2018 and March 2019 and a path to developing stronger clinical governance agreed. A small Design Working Group was established in June 2019 to apply a strategic view to designing a clinical governance framework which will provide clinical oversight across whole of system ambulance services. The Design Working Group will use the Health Quality and Safety Commission clinical governance guidance for health and disability providers 2017 as a basis for this work.

The development of the clinical governance framework will be a consultative process. The Design Working Group will engage and consult with stakeholders during the design phase (July – September 2019). In addition the Design Working Group’s outputs will be tested with the ambulance sector and other partners (October – November 2019) prior to implementation of the new clinical governance framework.

Updates will be posted here as this work progresses.

Clinical Procedures and Guidelines

The Clinical Procedures and Guidelines are for use by St John and Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA) personnel, with current authority to practice, when providing clinical care to patients on behalf of St John or WFA.

The Clinical Procedures and Guidelines are reviewed and updated regularly. They are the intellectual property of the National Ambulance Sector Clinical Working Group, a sub-group of the National Clinical Leadership Group, and may be recalled or updated at any time.

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