The Clinical Governance Framework is intended to guide how clinical quality, safety, risk management and performance is planned, measured and reported by WNSW PHN. This Framework, informs two key functions for the organisation:
- Requirements for commissioning clinical services; and
- Systematically supporting the primary care sector, in particular general practice.
This framework is to define the Clinical Governance operational and commissioning requirements for Western Health Alliance (WHAL) trading as Western NSW Primary Health Network to ensure that:
- The clinical and related services delivered and commissioned by NSW PHN are clinically and culturally safe, effective, appropriate, consumer focused, accessible and efficient.
- High quality primary health care programs and services are developed to provide safe and effective care by ensuring commissioned providers have an overarching clinical governance framework for the programs and services they deliver to the people living in the communities within our region.
- The WNSW PHN commissioning principles as identified in the WHAL Commissioning Framework are clearly set out and communicated to our organisation members, partners and key stakeholders, including; the WNSW PHN’s five advisory Councils, two Local Health Districts, Aboriginal health services (Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and Aboriginal Medical Services) and primary health care providers.
- There is an established framework that enables WNSW PHN to meet its legal and ethical responsibilities; for the provision of integrated quality, safe programs and services provided by staff, contractors and sub-contractors in accordance with the Clinical Governance Framework.
- Clinical Governance is effectively facilitated across the WNSW PHNs activities, consistent with the Strategic Plans purpose of social justice, access and equity in quality primary health and the Strategic Plans goals.