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Clinical Quality Improvement & Risk Management

Clinical Governance is an ambitious framework for delivering high quality care to every patient in the NHS. It involves all healthcare professionals and every aspect of clinical care. This module introduces the subject of Clinical Governance through considering the wider management concepts of Quality, Risk and Demand Management.


Who is it for?

This module is for Dentistry students only.

It carries 20 CATS credits at Masters level.

What is involved?

This module is designed to give students a clear understanding of the concepts and theories underpinning clinical governance. The learning on this module is supported by lectures and reflection of experiences in the NHS. The teaching and learning style is interactive, drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the students. The module is offered on a five day intensive study block.


  • to enable the student to understand the concept of Clinical Governance and the management theories and evidence which underpin the concept
  • to apply relevant ideas, tools and techniques within health care.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student will have gained:

  • an understanding of the history and relevance of the concept of Clinical Governance and underlying ideas about health care quality
  • an appreciation of the concepts of continuous quality improvement and business process re-engineering
  • an understanding of the principles of Demand Management and their application to health service settings
  • a deeper knowledge about current quality methods, value chains and some experience of the quality tools that can be applied within health care
  • an understanding of risk management within modern health care
  • an in-depth knowledge of user and carer involvement in service provision in health care, and the importance of lay perspectives in the delivery of care.

Course assessment

A 4,000 word assignment exploring the theory and practice of clinical governance is required. This will be drawn from the student's own workplace and should illustrate understanding of the concepts and theories discussed on the course.

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