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The Ambulance Service Association
Clinical Governance in the NHS ambulance service
Published by the Ambulance Service Association National Clinical Effectiveness Project
Ambulance Service Association: Clinical
Governance Reference Pack
The Clinical Governance Reference Pack was published by the Ambulance Service Association in September 1999. As stated it was version one of an ongoing development which will be updated periodically as new material relevant to ambulance services is made available to share.
This bulletin describes some of the initiatives undertaken since the original document was published:
Having met with and established strong links to the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team, the ASA National Clinical Effectiveness Project (ASA NCEP) invited every ambulance service to put forward representatives of their Trust to attend the Teams Learn as you go course to assist in the implementation of clinical governance.
The course is conducted over 9 months based on an initial induction of 2 days with one day workshops to update skills and share lessons learned whilst establishing a baseline of readiness; drawing up recommendations; implementing changes; and measuring against agreed outcomes. The course will empower individuals to assist in making the changes required by clinical governance. Several ambulance services have already registered but the rolling programme is fast being booked up. Call the hotline now on 0171 2105629 or contact the ASA NCEP for more details.
This is an information leaflet produced by Scriptographic Publications Ltd. It is aimed at front-line staff to give them an understanding of how clinical governance affects them in their every day work and their role in quality improvement. It is an easy read with plenty of cartoon illustrations. The main headings dealt with in the 15 page leaflet include:
More details about this leaflet are available from the ASA NCEP.
To keep everyone up to date with the latest clinical governance information the ASA will shortly be producing a newsletter specifically to deal with these issues. This will enable CANDOUR to concentrate on clinical improvement issues and ensure those who need to know about clinical governance initiatives are kept informed. The newsletter will outline the latest developments and preview additions to the ASA Clinical Governance Reference Pack.
In order to be successful and to maintain the momentum of change relating to clinical governance issues it is vitally important that ambulance services contribute details of their local initiatives to promote the sharing of good practice and to offer support and advice to others.
Again send your contributions to the ASA NCEP.
The ASA Clinical Governance Reference Pack is now available on the internet. As part of the NHSWeb site on clinical governance, the Reference Pack now informs the wider NHS about how clinical governance is being adopted in the UK ambulance service. The internet address for the main NHS clinical governance site is as follows (this can only be accessed as part of the NHSWeb):
Also, the ASA NCEP will soon have its own web site where the Clinical Governance Reference Pack will be available to everyone. The site will also have all the back editions of CANDOUR, the newsletter of the ASA/JCALC Clinical Effectiveness Committee, and all other publications and presentations produced by the ASA NCEP. As soon as the site is launched details will be sent to all UK ambulance services.
One of the main
objectives of the ASA Clinical Governance Reference Pack
was to promote sharing of information and good practice
to ensure ambulance services do not have to
reinvent the wheel.
Both of these lend themselves to the development of a set of ambulance service indicators for quality of care provided. When shared nationally these indicators could allow for clinical performance benchmarking between all UK ambulance services.
They have also agreed, through the regional ASA Council, to share their baseline assessments of capacity and capability to ensure variations in practice across the region are reduced and that lessons can be learned.
The ASA NCEP will act to ensure these issues are raised at a national level. This will allow the co-ordination of developments and the dissemination of relevant information to all interested parties.
Let the ASA NCEP know of any local initiatives which have wider national implications or will allow for a co-ordinated approach to clinical governance.
Stuart Nicholls -
National Clinical Effectiveness Project Manager