NHS Clinical Governance organisations and websites

Care Quality Commission The Care Quality Commission is the independent watchdog for health and social care in England. It promotes continuous improvement in the services provided by the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. You can search on the site for performance indicators for any trust in England. Scotland is covered by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. Wales has the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

Connecting for Health NHS Connecting for Health came into operation on 1 April 2005 and is an agency of the Department of Health. It supports the NHS to deliver better, safer care to patients, by bringing in new computer systems and services.

Department of Health 'The Department of Health is committed to improving the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services. Its work includes setting national standards, shaping the direction of health and social care services and promoting healthier living.'

National Clinical Assessment Service The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) promotes patient safety by providing confidential advice and support to the NHS in situations where the performance of doctors and dentists is giving cause for concern. Employing organisations, managers or practitioners themselves can contact NCAS for advice to help the practitioner to deliver a safe and useful service to patients.

NICE The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. NICE guidance is developed using the expertise of the NHS and the wider healthcare community including NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and the academic world.

National Institute for Health Research 'The National Institute for Health Research is now established as a part of the Government's strategy, 'Best Research for Best Health'. Together we are committed to establishing the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence through supporting outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.'

Health Information Resources Formerly the National Library for Health, this site offers a search facility. It is part of NHS Evidence.

National Patient Safety Agency The National Patient Safety Agency is part of the NHS, and was established in 2001 with a mandate to identify patient safety issues and find appropriate solutions. As a result of the review of the Department of Health’s Arm’s Length Bodies undertaken in 2004, it was reformed into three separate divisions:

It is also responsible for commissioning and monitoring the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD); the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)and the National Confidential Inquiry (NCI) into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness.

National Service Frameworks National Service Frameworks (NSFs) are long term strategies for improving specific areas of care. They set national standards, identify key interventions and put in place agreed time scales for implementation.

Looking for an NHS Trust?

A full list of English and Welsh acute, primary care and other trusts, with links to their web sites, is provided on the Healthcare Commission web page.