Short courses
Health & Social Care

The Principles and Practice of Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

This award is for anyone working in the health and social, independent and voluntary sectors. It’s relevant if you have a professional background or if you are working in or aspiring to be a specialist in a safety, quality or governance role. It is equally appropriate if you have a wider organisational role in corporate governance, risk and performance management, quality and standards, clinical audit or outcomes.

Course information

Part-time

  • 13 weeks

More part-time details

  • Block delivery
  • Enrolment date: February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information

Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Studying for this award gives you a comprehensive, systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of safety and governance within health and social care settings. We put an emphasis on acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills of safety and governance and applying these principles in practice.

You consider the clinical, non-clinical and corporate aspects of governance and how you can influence these using the key dimensions of safety and integrated governance: clinical governance, corporate governance, information governance, research governance, financial governance, risk and performance management and safety. You are encouraged to critically reflect, synthesise and interpret how safety and governance frameworks may influence quality and improvement at the macro, micro and individual level. 

You study this award over one semester (13 weeks) through block delivery in week 3 (two days) and single study days in week 7 and 11, as well as online learning through our virtual learning environment.

We use a student-led approach to teaching and learning combining interactive activities; seminars, workshops, case studies. You are introduced to action learning sets and support and challenge from the critical friends' stakeholder support network.

You must complete a summative assessment in semester 1, week 13, worth 100% of the module mark. This summative assessment involves a 25-minute presentation to the critical friends' stakeholder support network. Your patient safety and integrated governance presentation is based on a selected case study provided in week 1.

You develop your knowledge and awareness of the political, professional, economic and societal constructs surrounding safety and governance at a personal and organisational level. You also develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual evidence underpinning safety and governance. Finally, you develop a critical appreciation of safety, governance and associated tools and techniques to apply at an organisational and individual level.

How you learn

You study this award over one semester (13 weeks) through block delivery in week 3 (two days) and single study days in week 7 and 11, as well as online learning through our virtual learning environment. We use a student-led approach to teaching and learning combining interactive activities; seminars, workshops, case studies. You are introduced to action learning sets and support and challenge from the critical friends' stakeholder support network. 

You have the opportunity to explore and debate the relative merits and demerits of engaging with and applying the integrated governance and safety frameworks to your practice. And we use case studies to illustrate how safety and integrated governance fits together. 
  
You also use learning materials that you can access through our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees.  

Workshops and seminars 
We use a series of lectures, seminars and workshops to provide relevant theory linked to practice. These workshops and seminars systematically and comprehensively illustrate the importance of engaging with safety and governance by adopting an integrated approach to quality, culture and outcomes.  

Action learning 
You use action learning twice during the module to help you understand the impact your behaviour has on other members of the team and how this can be used to help identify, implement and evaluate a change in practice. 

The two action learning sets enable you to reflect on what you have learnt, applying the theory to your practice in support of the safety and governance change in practice. 

Action learning offers you formative feedback by presenting ideas within the support of your cohort community.

Critical friends' stakeholder support network
This forum comprises a variety of stakeholder representatives: users and carers, commissioners, service providers and academics. The network supports your learning and assessment within the module and throughout the programme. 
  
Virtual leaning environment, e-learning@tees
Our virtual learning environment helps effective communication between you and University staff. It also provides a forum for communication and debate with your fellow students between contact days and action learning sets. University staff add learning resources to complement the lecture, seminar and action learning activities.

How you are assessed

Your summative assessment task comprises a 25-minute presentation (15-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer) to the critical friends' stakeholder support network in semester 1, week 13 of the award. This must comprehensively illustrate the rationale for selecting your case study, its analysis and relevance to patient safety and governance, the review framework adopted and an outline action plan to completing the review and recommendations. 
 
To support this assessment task, you are provided with a series of case studies illuminating the importance of patient safety and integrated governance at the end of week 1. You choose one of these to form the basis of your presentation. An in-module retake is available for this assessment.

Entry requirements

You must work in a health and social care setting or in an associated agency.

Course information

Part-time

  • 13 weeks

More part-time details

  • Block delivery
  • Enrolment date: February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information