What is Clinical effectiveness?
Clinical Effectiveness is an umbrella term describing a range of activities that support clinicians and healthcare professionals to examine and improve the quality of care. Clinical audit is the best known example, but clinical effectiveness stretches beyond this to include the implementation of nationally agreed guidance as well as agreed standards/clinical performance indicators reflecting ‘best practice’.
Clinical Effectiveness is “the application of the best knowledge, derived from research, clinical experience and patient preferences to achieve optimum processes and outcomes of care for patients. The process involves a framework of informing, changing and monitoring practice” (Department of Health (1996) Promoting Clinical Effectiveness).
BCUHB uses clinical pathways to eliminate variation in practice within the same services across the Health Board and ensure effectiveness of clinical services. Where applicable, they are based on the most up to date clinical evidence, such as NICE guidelines. It is important to ensure outcome measures are recorded within the pathways for both clinical outcomes and performance outcomes.
They are also being linked to any existing national or local audits. They need to be reviewed regularly and action taken to address any issues identified.