Clinical governance

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) believes in the importance of clinical governance in enabling the delivery of high quality mental healthcare.

We are committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards in all aspects of our services, in our service users’ experiences of care and treatment, and in the settings we provide for the benefit of our service users.

To enable us to continually improve the quality and safety of our services, we pay particular attention to clinical governance measures within our organisation.

Clinical governance is a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of service user care.

Clinical governance includes:

  • quality improvement
  • implementation of regulatory standards
  • education and training of staff
  • clinical audit activities
  • clinical effectiveness
  • policy development
  • risk management, including incident review
  • information management
  • complaints management.

In SPMHS, our Clinical Governance Committee (CGC) meets weekly and is chaired by the Director of Services. Other members of the CGC include our Medical Director, our Director of Nursing, our Programme Manager for Clinical Governance, our Mental Health Act Administrator, the Head of our Social Work Department, our Nurse Practice Development Coordinator, and our Chief Pharmacist.

The achievement of excellent results from the Mental Health Commission annual inspection process for all three of our approved centres (St Patrick’s University Hospital; St Patrick's Hospital Lucan; and Willow Grove Adolescent Unit) underlines how effective we have been in these areas.

If you have any questions about our clinical governance processes, please email

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