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Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

This award is for anyone working in health or social care, including within the public, independent and voluntary sectors, from any professional background, including clinical and support services. It is suitable if you are working in, or aspire to a specialist safety, quality or governance role, or if these issues form part of a wider role. It can be studied alone as a University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development (UCPPD) or as a core module for the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care or the MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care.

Course information

Part-time

  • 25 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: January 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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The underpinning philosophy of this award is that every member of staff, whether undertaking clinical or non-clinical work, has a role in enhancing safety, quality and governance. The award enables you to develop the critical evaluation and personal skills to support the effective identification, analysis and application of a range of forms of evidence to facilitate the development and delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care.

There are three integrated aspects to the award:

  • to facilitate your transition to postgraduate study
  • to develop an evidence-based approach, information retrieval and critical evaluation skills
  • to apply these to support a critical exploration of contemporary issues of quality, safety and governance and cultural change in health and social care, resulting in identifying and justifying an appropriate person-centred, evidence-based improvement.

You study care quality, safety and governance issues within the contemporary health and social care context. This includes developing a culture of candour and preparing for change. You study theory and practice in a range of related topics, each encompassing broad international perspectives as well as your own local context, and apply this learning within the context of your own role through the use of relevant evidence to identify a quality, safety or governance issue and provide a critically justified improvement recommendation to address this.

How you learn

The award is studied over 25 weeks and consists of short study blocks in September, November, January and March, supplemented by online learning and support using the virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees. You use a variety of learning strategies including workshops and interactive learning activities. This includes service user/carer input, in particular to help identify improvement ideas. You receive formative feedback throughout as part of the face-to-face and online study activities, and tutorial support during the study blocks and via electronic means.

How you are assessed

You must complete a formative and summative assessment – this is a 2,000-word essay on the nature of evidence and the appropriate application of different forms of evidence to quality, safety and governance issues in health and social care, submitted in week 4 of the module.

The summative assessment (6,000 words) is a written business case to support an evidence-based improvement recommendation that addresses a relevant quality, safety or governance issue. This is submitted in week 25 of the award comprising 100% of the module marks.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this award should enable you to demonstrate the ability to identify person-centred enhancements to services and present a reasoned and justified business case to support a recommendation for change – this ability is highly sought after skills by current employers in health and social care.

Entry requirements

You must work in a health or social care setting or within an associated agency.
You will have an honour's degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience. Applicants with other qualifications may be considered if they can provide evidence of the ability to study at master's level

Course information

Part-time

  • 25 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: January 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

Further information