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Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care

Please note this module will not be running in 2019-2020.

NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed.

The Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care module will enable you to reflect on the challenges of improving healthcare delivery and specifically enhancing patient safety. The module incorporates the latest thinking relating to improvement models and the contribution of human factors to patient safety.

Module content:

  • Day 1
    • Understanding the concept of variation in healthcare, how it can be identified and measured
    • Reflect upon the link between variation in delivery systems and overall system reliability and resilience
    • Explore the connection between variation, system performance and patient safety
  • Day 2
    • Explore models of improvement, the strengths and weaknesses of various tools and techniques
    • Understand systems thinking from the perspective of improvement and performance
    • Analyse the difference between personal v systems failure in contributing to patient safety
  • Day 3
    • Measurement of system performance, specifically statistical process control, risk assurance, both qualitative and quantitative data
    • Contribution of patient (user input to health system assessment)
    • The potential learning from other sectors, notably the nature and contribution of safety cases to improving patient safety
  • Day 4
    • The nature of error/failure modes and assessment approaches
    • Contribution of human factors, performance influencing factors and organisational culture to improvement and safety
    • Engagement of staff in improvement/safety and sustainability of interventions/improvements
  • Day 5
    • Matching capacity and demand in healthcare
    • Learning from other industries
    • Assignment planning

Key Facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan

Leaders: Mark Sujan

Duration: 4 days

Credits: 20

Module Code: MH940

Assessment: 4,000 word assignment

Course Type: Module/Postgraduate Award

Next course:

22/10/2018 - 26/10/2018

Application Deadline:


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Funding Opportunities


Available on which courses? Core module: Leadership for Healthcare PGCert