Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgCert Advancing Quality Improvement 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 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.

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Part-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: January 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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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 comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to develop an evidence-based business case for change to enhance the quality, safety and governance of care in your organisation. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors, from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

You study issues related to the transition to master’s level. You explore 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, using 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.

Course structure

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.

 

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 written assessments such as an essay on the nature and use of evidence and a business case for change. Other opportunities for informal feedback include developing and presenting an environmental analysis and oral presentation/defense. 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. This ensures that a person-centred approach extends to all aspects of the programme, maximising employer/organisational benefit.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme are equipped with a range of knowledge and expertise such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research and you have strong ICT skills 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 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: January 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information