The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) was established in 2004 as one of the five key structural reforms outlined in the NSW Health Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Program (PSCQP) and as an evolution of the Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Emerging in the midst of system-wide patient and safety concerns, the primary focus of the CEC has been to promote and support improved clinical care, safety and quality across the NSW public health system, and to meet functions specified by the Minister for Health.

The Clinical Excellence Commission is a board-governed statutory health corporation established under the Health Services Act 1997.

Since its development, the CEC has gained local, national and international recognition by developing and driving programs and initiatives in collaboration with clinicians, managers, consumers and health service partners.

The range of areas addressed includes clinical incident review, deteriorating patients, end of life care, falls prevention, human factors, infection control, leadership, medication safety, mortality review, open disclosure, paediatric quality and safety, partnering with patients, pressure injury prevention, safety and quality education, sepsis, teamwork, transfusion medicine and venous thromboembolism prevention.

Monitoring processes and performance, to provide assurance of clinical quality and safety improvement at a system-wide level, has been a central and distinct role of the CEC within the NSW health system.

CEC Directions Statement

The CEC Directions Statement outlines the role of the CEC in the NSW Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Program, the principles underpinning the program and the governance and activities of the Clinical Excellence Commission.

Purpose & Vision


The Clinical Excellence Commission provides leadership in safety and quality in NSW to improve healthcare for patients.


The NSW health system provides the safest and highest quality care for every patient.

Our Logo

The symbol is derived from the wings that top the caduceus, the "staff of medicine" that commonly symbolises medical care. Importantly for the Clinical Excellence Commission, wings also stand for the work of reaching a high standard; in this case, the ideal of excellence.

The lines in the wing symbol all curve to converge on a single point, reflecting the way Clinical Excellence Commission initiates and manages system change from varied starting points and helps guide it towards a common goal: the goal of best practice. Secondary lines loop in as a metaphor for feedback loops, an important element in the Clinical Excellence Commission's collaborative approach.

The lines also divide the symbol into layers, symbolising the different levels within (and beyond) the health care system that Clinical Excellence Commission works across.

The palette of aquas and greens communicates a fresh approach, and suggests (glass-like) transparency.

Combined with a neutral, modern typeface, the symbol suggests authority without pomposity, a concern for quality and excellence, a professional and clinical approach, and an approachability and openness that invites involvement.