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Clinical Governance

This process enables our organisation to safeguard our existing services whilst continually developing and improving our clinical procedures.

The Clinical Governance Committee (CGC)

The CGC is accountable to the BPAS Board of Trustees (henceforth the Board) and provides assurance to Board that appropriate clinical governance mechanisms are in place and effective throughout the organisation. As a Board sub-committee it will be responsible for ensuring that clinical aspects of the BPAS balanced scorecard are reported.

It seeks to ensure that the principles and standards of clinical governance are applied and that appropriate mechanisms are in place for the effective engagement of representatives of patients and clinical staff.

Research and Ethics Committee (REC)

The purpose of the REC is to examine proposals for research, audits or service evaluations involving clients, or materials derived from clients, or which are to be carried out within BPAS units or by BPAS staff as appropriate and to ensure that such activities conform to generally accepted ethical principles and standards.

The REC will also from time to time provide advice on ethical issues that affect BPAS and which the REC elects to consider or which are referred for its consideration by the Clinical Governance Committee, the Clinical Advisory Group, the Finance and General Purposes Committee or the BPAS Board.

Regional Quality Assessment and Improvement Forum (RQuAIF)

There is a QuAIF for each of the three BPAS regions.

The purpose of the RQuAIF is to critically review regional service provision, discuss decisions taken by or outputs of the Clinical Governance Committee or Clinical Advisory Group, and to identify regional areas of risk, need, and gaps in service provision.

Infection Control Committee (ICC)

The ICC is directly accountable to the Clinical Governance Committee but if necessary has direct access to the Chief Executive and BPAS board via the Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

The ICC is responsible for overseeing and directing infection control throughout the organisation and advising the Clinical Governance Committee of its progress. It will also advise the organisation on compliance with national recommendations and legislation such as Care Quality Commission Standards and the Health Act.

The ICC is chaired by the Director of Infection Prevention and Control.