Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable.

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Part-time

  • 3 years

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September 2018 entry

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The philosophy of this programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people-centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.

The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead evidence-based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in your health and social care settings and evaluate the impact of this. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence. You use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this.

The modules studied in Year 1 make up the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

In Year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on your business case presented at the end of Year 1. To help you achieve this you study topics such as a human factors approach, strategic change management, action learning and leadership and evaluation methodologies. You then develop and critique an evaluation study proposal in Year 2 which you take forward during your dissertation module in Year 3. The modules studied in Year 2 make up the Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

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

This module gives you a comprehensive, systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of safety and governance within health and social care settings. The emphasis is on acquiring knowledge, and developing an 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 this can be influenced 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 required to critically reflect, synthesise and interpret how safety and governance frameworks may influence quality and improvement at the macro, micro and individual level.

The module is for anyone working in health and social, independent and voluntary sectors. It is relevant if you have a professional background or if you are working in or aspiring to be a specialist in safety, quality or governance roles. It is equally suitable for individuals with a wider organisational role in corporate governance, risk and performance management, quality and standards, clinical audit and outcomes.

You can study this module as a University Certificate of Postgraduate Continuing Education (UCPCE) or a core module in the PgCert Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care or MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care.

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

This modules enable you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of 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. You apply this learning within the context of your own role, using relevant evidence to identify current leadership issues and provide a critically justified improvement recommendation to address these.

This module may be studied as a University Certificate of Postgraduate Continuing Education (UCPCE) or a core module in the PgCert Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care or MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care.

 

Year 2 core modules

Leading Person-centred Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Enhance the quality, safety or governance of person-centered care by planning and implementing a pre-agreed change intervention of relevance to your own role (agreed with the relevant line manager and academic staff). And complete the necessary preparation to design and manage an audit or evaluation of the change implemented.

To achieve this you study improvement science, tools and techniques, a multi-perspective approach to determining and measuring performance, project design and management, change theory and leading change, audit and evaluation research methods and research governance and ethics.

You can study this module as a University Certificate of Postgraduate Continuing Education (UCPCE) or as a core module in the PgCert Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care or MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care. It is suitable for anyone working in health or social care within the public, independent and voluntary sectors and for staff from any professional background including clinical and support services.

Using a Human Factors Approach to Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

A human factors approach to delivering high-quality health and social care optimises human wellbeing and overall system performance by applying theory, data and design methods to the study and management of interaction among humans and other elements of the health and social care system.

You develop an in-depth knowledge of human factor principles and strategies to identify and undertake a critical appraisal of a safety, quality or governance issue of relevance to your own role or organisation and provide appropriately justified recommendations to address this issue.

You can study this module as a University Certificate of Postgraduate Continuing Education (UCPCE) or a core module in the PgCert Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care or MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care. It’s suitable for anyone working in health or social care within the public, independent and voluntary sectors, and for staff from any professional background including clinical and support services.

 

Year 3 core modules

Dissertation: Evaluating Impact

This module enables you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge and skills developed from previous modules. You undertake an audit or a research project that evaluates the impact of the change you implemented as part of the Leading Person-centered Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You consider the implications and dissemination of this for person-centered continuous quality improvement within your own workplace.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

In Years 1 and 2 the programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, real-life scenarios and case study analysis, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. Year 3 is mainly guided self-directed study with the support of a dissertation supervisor. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality, safety or governance issue using a human factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented.
Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation and defence, and an oral presentation with questions and answers.
The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person-centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research. And you have strong ICT skills that are highly sought by employers. The programme is relevant for you if you are working in or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.

Entry requirements

You should be working in a health or social care setting or associated agency, and have an honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience.
If you have other qualifications your application may be considered if you can provide evidence of your ability to study at master’s level.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

Contact details

Further information