Clinical Governance

“This has been a deeply distressing case and the NHS must learn from it” – Lessons for Clinical Governance


Myles Bradbury: Clues missed over paedophile doctor

According to the BBC,

A paedophile doctor was able to abuse young cancer patients undetected after clues to his offending were missed, an investigation has found. Myles Bradbury was jailed for 16 years after admitting abusing 18 victims at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Acting chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust is quoted as saying:

My message to other organisations is that as well as enforcing robust policies, we need to raise awareness of much more manipulative behaviour by individuals like Bradbury. Greater rigour and checks will make it more difficult for abuse to take place.

Clinical governance and whistleblowing

We recommend NHS and private healthcare provider regularly review their clinical governance provisions, systems, processes, standards, and the extent to which these are part of daily life for staff on wards. Our extensive experience in this field ranges from supporting hospitals to establish their clinical governance provisions through to investigating and making recommendations for improvement when things have gone wrong. We also regularly support trusts in their preparations for HM Coroner’s court hearings in the event of fatalities.

The importance of proving recognisably high standards of care, transparent responsibility and accountability for those standards, and a constant dynamic of improvement within your organisation means that well-understood and adhered to clinical governance frameworks and practices are essential, as are effective whistleblowing arrangements.

DAC Beachcroft’s Clinical Governance & Quality service

DAC Beachcroft’s Clinical Governance & Quality service combines legal and governance expertise to work with providers of health and social care services to assess effective learning derived from claims, complaints, serious untoward incidents and inquests.

Our work includes reviews of risk management arrangements, training and advice on handling and learning from incidents, and full assessments of clinical and quality governance structures.

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About The Editors

The Governance Advisory Practice is a team of corporate and clinical governance experts all of whom have significant personal experience gained at Board level in the public and commercial sectors.

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