Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgCert Advancing Human Factors 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. The philosophy of this CIEHF recognised course is that for high-quality, safer care to flourish, every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated approach to care. The application of a human factors approach is also crucial if real progress is to be made. A human factors approach involves applying theory, data and design methods about how humans interact with their environment to make it easier for work to be done in the right way.

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Part-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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The programme develops and equips critical advocates and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It also enables you to apply comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead a human factors-based project in the work place to enhance the quality, safety and governance of care. The programme is suitable for you if you work in the public, independent and voluntary sectors, or any other professional field including clinical and support services.

To maximise your success on this programme you need a viable project in line with your departmental or organisational priorities and agreed by your relevant organisational representative and programme leader. Throughout this course you will have access to qualified CIEHF members. You will be asked to complete a brief human factors-based quality improvement project overview form to support your application.We expect that you will have prior knowledge and/or experience of change management, leadership and quality improvement science or a willingness to independently increase your knowledge in these areas before beginning the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors

You develop in-depth, specialist knowledge of human factors and gain experience in using this to enhance the quality, safety and governance of care. You also study improvement science, leading change and a multi-perspective approach to determining and measuring performance and the impact of change. This includes planning an evaluation study based on the change you have implemented.

Course structure

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.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 contact days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. 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 analysing a quality, safety and governance issue using a human factors approach, a project-based evaluation research critique, and a poster presentation and oral defence of a change project.
Formative processes include an informal presentation on the improvement project plan and initial implementation. This is an opportunity for you to receive early development feedback. Presentations are made to a small panel drawn from the critical friends stakeholder support forum whose members participate in student assessment and support programme design and delivery. This group comprises service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff to ensure that a person-centred approach extends to all aspects of the programme, maximising employer/organisational benefit.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are equipped with specialist human factors knowledge, expertise and experience as well as a range of more generic attributes such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are able to work collaboratively, present and research. You also have strong ICT skills that highly sought after by employers.

The programme is relevant for you if you work in, or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one dealing with human factors.

Entry requirements

You should:

  • be working in a health or social care setting or associated agency
  • have an honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience.

If you have other qualifications your application may be considered providing that you can provide evidence of being able 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

  • within 1 year

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information