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Quality and Safety

Healthcare quality and safety must be paramount in all ophthalmic services and at the centre of ophthalmic clinical professional practice. Clinical governance is the system or process by which quality and safety are delivered and continuously improved.

High quality care essentially describes care which achieves good outcomes for patients through the provision of evidence based healthcare delivery (clinical effectiveness), which minimises harm (patient safety) and which provides the patient with a positive, personal experience of care (patient experience).

The College promotes quality and safety in all aspects of ophthalmology and produces many standards and guidelines to support this as well as the following clinical governance guides.

 Quality safety and clinical governance in ophthalmology An overview 2016 This document aims to provide a simple overview of the principles and systems which currently exist in the UK for quality and safety, and how they have evolved. It is supplemented by other more detailed documents on specific areas.
Clinical Audit and Clinical Effectiveness in Ophthalmology 2016 This document provides a simple overview of the principles and practice of clinical effectiveness and clinical audit for ophthalmologists