Clinical Excellence Commission

The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) was established in 2004 and forms a major component of the Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Program that was designed to provide a comprehensive quality improvement and patient safety program across NSW. A key role of the Clinical Excellence Commission is building capacity for quality and safety improvement in Health Services. This is driven through training and education initiatives such as Clinical Practice Improvement and Patient Safety programs. The CEC is a board-governed statutory health corporation with the CEO reporting directly to the NSW Minister for Health.

The key functions of the CEC are to:

  • Promote and support improvement in clinical quality and safety in health services
  • Monitor clinical quality and safety processes and performance of public health organisations, and to report to the Minister thereon
  • Identify, develop and disseminate information about safe practices in health care on a Statewide basis, including (but not limited to):
    • developing, providing and promoting training and edution programs
    • identifying priorities for and promoting the conduct of research about better practices in health care
  • Consulting broadly with health professionals and members of the community
  • Providing advice to the Minister and Director-General on issues arising out of its functions.

Further information about the Clinical Excellence Commission can be found at