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Designed for both medical and managerial staff, our Patient Safety programmes - Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Diploma (PG Dip) and Master’s (MSc) degrees - help students become leaders in patient safety and quality. Read more
Designed for both medical and managerial staff, our Patient Safety programmes - Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Diploma (PG Dip) and Master’s (MSc) degrees - help students become leaders in patient safety and quality. Through exposure to internationally-renowned teaching staff and blended-learning workshops, practicums and experiential learning, students are equipped with the tools to tackle challenges arising from healthcare’s ever-changing landscape.

A particular emphasis is placed on translation and leadership – marrying theoretical understanding with practical knowledge of how to make sustainable change. Students are encouraged and guided by expert instructors and best-practice case studies to think outside-the-box on the architecture, implementation and evaluation of patient safety and quality solutions. For example, Modules 3 and 4 (the Social Impact of Patient Safety and Human Factors and Organisations) challenge students to think about the potential impact of new interventions to patients, carers, members of the family and healthcare staff, and support students to tackle said challenges through practical sessions led by expert interaction designers.

Programme structure

The programme features three distinct awards: the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and the Master’s Degree (MSc Patient Safety). Students can choose the level of commitment depending on their educational needs and can continue further should they change their minds.
Find out more about the programme structure on our programme structure page: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/masters-programmes/msc-pg-dip-and-pg-cert-patient-safety/programme-structure/

Is this programme for you?

The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation for those who work in patient safety and quality. Students can expect to gain theoretical understanding, practical know-how and training in academically rigorous approaches to solving patient safety and quality challenges.

Find out further information to help decide if this programme is suited to you: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/masters-programmes/msc-pg-dip-and-pg-cert-patient-safety/is-this-programme-for-you/

Key benefits

At the end of the programme, PG Cert students will have gained the skills and understanding to:

‌•demonstrate an awareness of current policy and context of patient safety and quality improvement
‌•understand how governance and political accountability affect the effectiveness of setting and implementing policy
‌•develop a detailed understanding of the social impact of patient safety and related academic theories.
‌•develop a detailed understanding of human factors theories, models and methods applicable to complex systems such as healthcare

At the end of the programme, PG Dip students will have gained the skills and understanding to:

‌•demonstrate an awareness of current policy and context of patient safety and quality improvement
‌•understand how governance and political accountability affect the effectiveness of setting and implementing policy
‌•develop a detailed understanding of the social impact of patient safety and related academic theories.
‌•develop a detailed understanding of human factors theories, models and methods applicable to complex systems such as healthcare

At the end of the programme, MSc students will have gained the skills and understanding to:

‌•perform literature searches and critically appraise literature
‌•understand the steps involved in developing a research project
‌•develop a research project and carry out that project in a timely manner

All students can expect to:

‌•gain exposure to a world-class faculty which can provide knowledge-based learning and encourage critical awareness of the current issues surrounding patient safety
‌•collaborate, discuss and resolve pertinent patient safety and quality challenges with other students, with mentoring and guidance from teaching staff
‌•build meaningful relationships with the next cohort of patient safety leaders, and current though-leaders in the field

Career prospects

We expect graduates of the programme to be well-placed to advance in a range of directions. Safety and quality are becoming increasingly important topics in the national dialogue of health systems, including the UK’s NHS. This is further compounded by tightening national budgets. As such, individuals who can demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to patient safety lapses and the know-how of how to address them are increasingly valued by employers. In the past, students have used their Imperial designation as a differentiator from other colleagues with similar professional backgrounds to progress further and faster in the same career track.

Further, given the portfolio of high-caliber teaching staff, students are able to gain exposure to leaders in industry, academia and policy stakeholders.

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Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This one year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Read more
Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This one year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

Key features

-Explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve quality of patient care. Recent national reports have emphasised the need for widened access to simulation training and the recognition of person-level and system-level human factors in improving patient safety.
-Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.
-Undertake a critical study of education and expert practice, change management and innovation.
-Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
-Get a variety of hands-on experience – the Simulation and Enhanced Learning module will be delivered at the Horizon Centre, a new innovation, education and research facility at Torbay Hospital. The remaining taught modules will be delivered in the John Bull Building, Plymouth Science Park. Find out more about your teaching locations.
-Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and quality improvement and have the opportunities to apply these skills in the clinical environment.
-Take advantage of our experienced teaching staff drawn from experts in the Plymouth and Torbay NHS trusts and the University, as well as from the higher education sector in the South West region and beyond.
-Benefit from flexible learning – there are a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities relating to this programme where a single module or specific days within a module may be taken independently.
-Graduate with the skills required to implement simulation effectively into educational programmes, and develop and evaluate evidence-based patient safety strategies in organisations.
-You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.

Course details

You’ll explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve patient safety and quality of care through enhanced learning. Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and the application of these to your own workplace. You’ll be introduced to the role of human factors and develop a critical understanding of the current state of patient safety within healthcare and examine strategies to improve it. You’ll be provided with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. You’ll also explore the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way we work. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation
-SIM714 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-SIM711 Simulation and Enhanced Learning
-SIM715 Human Factors in Healthcare

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

For more information on the part time version of this course, view the web-page: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-simulation-and-patient-safety

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This 3-year part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes. Read more

This 3-year part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes.

Applicants for this degree will be looking to distinguish themselves as being experienced in patient safety and, in some may, looking to move towards specialising or taking a management lead in this field. The programme will draw on teaching materials from a global network of enthusiasts.

Year One will give a broad introduction into the current state of safety in health care, how harm comes to patients and a detailed understanding of clinical human factors, ergonomics.

Year Two will then go from the state of healthcare to look at how we can improve safety in healthcare. This involves examining how good teamwork influences patient outcomes, as well as improving healthcare and medicine management. We will also focus on quality improvement research and methodologies.

Year Three will follow the highly successful iterative module used by the Masters in Surgical Sciences, involving submission of a project outline, abstract submission with poster preparation, and completion of a dissertation.

Due to the unique completely online nature of the pedagogy, the programme would be an attractive option for those professionals wishing to secure academic credit or a higher degree in patient safety and who are unable to commit to attend on-campus teaching.



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This 3-year part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes. Read more

This 3-year part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes.

Applicants for this degree will be looking to distinguish themselves as being experienced in patient safety and, in some may, looking to move towards specialising or taking a management lead in this field. The programme will draw on teaching materials from a global network of enthusiasts.

Year One will give a broad introduction into the current state of safety in health care, how harm comes to patients and a detailed understanding of clinical human factors, ergonomics.

Year Two will then go from the state of healthcare to look at how we can improve safety in healthcare. This involves examining how good teamwork influences patient outcomes, as well as improving healthcare and medicine management. We will also focus on quality improvement research and methodologies.

Year Three will follow the highly successful iterative module used by the Masters in Surgical Sciences, involving submission of a project outline, abstract submission with poster preparation, and completion of a dissertation.

Due to the unique completely online nature of the pedagogy, the programme would be an attractive option for those professionals wishing to secure academic credit or a higher degree in patient safety and who are unable to commit to attend on-campus teaching.



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The MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement is an exciting new collaborative programme. Read more
The MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement is an exciting new collaborative programme. It is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and also involves the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning within the Nottingham University Business School; the Human Factors Research Group in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering; and the Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The programme is aimed at postgraduate healthcare professionals and graduate management colleagues who wish to develop greater expertise in quality and patient safety improvement with a strong emphasis on application in practice. This may include clinical staff, professional managers or commissioners involved in design and delivery of primary care, secondary hospital-based care, mental health, community and pre-hospital care services. The programme is also suitable for those interested in education and teaching in this field and associated research, innovation and scholarship. Applications are welcomed from UK and International students.

This programme will link the academic and practical application of quality improvement and human factors science to the complexities and challenges faced by modern health and social care. At its heart, the programme is about understanding the underpinning science and evidence for improvement in quality, safety and effectiveness of patient care. Modules focus on concepts and practicalities of improvement at the level of individual practice, team performance, integrated clinical services, and from organisational and strategic policy perspectives. Specific experience will be developed in the application of tools and techniques to explore problems in practice and support sustainable implementation of innovative solutions. A key feature of the programme is the opportunity to apply science and theory into practice.

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The field of ergonomics and human factors is about ensuring a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments they work, travel and play in. Read more
The field of ergonomics and human factors is about ensuring a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments they work, travel and play in. We offer five postgraduate taught programmes in the field of ergonomics and human factors which take a scientific look at these interactions and apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Our programmes are awarded separate qualifications but share many core modules. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that you benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area, ensuring that you are trained to the highest professional standard. Joining us on one of these well-respected programmes will provide you primarily with a broad ergonomics education, with further opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest to you.

The programmes are professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE). The CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, opening up employment opportunities worldwide. Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme meets the requirements for you to become a Registered Member of National Back Exchange.

How this programme is taught

A key feature of our Ergonomics postgraduate programmes is the way in which we deliver them. Each module is taught over a one week intensive period in Loughborough, these are also known as block taught modules. Outside of this time, you will be expected to complete prepared programme materials and assignments using email and the internet. We will provide you with access to an interactive online system to provide you with additional materials and information. This system also enables you to participate in tutorial type discussion remotely.

As well as a full-time MSc qualification, this programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. These different levels of education provide a flexible approach that enable many of our students to come from a diverse range of backgrounds – including completing study whilst in full-time employment. We also have a number of students who choose to study part-time.

Please see our ‘Programme modules’ (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/taught/ergonomics-human-factors/modules/) page for more information about what modules are studied for each qualification and the dates for the coming year.

Who is this programme for?

The course is aimed at students who want a broad human factors education with a focus on aspects concerned with promoting patient safety in all healthcare sectors. Current and past students have come from a large range of backgrounds, both in the UK and internationally. Degrees and experience held by our past students include the fields of: health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and branches of engineering/design.

Industry connections

The programme has strong links with industry. As part of the programme you will also be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, providing realistic experiences and learning. The programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what you are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert.

Outside speakers include industry (Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC); health and safety (e.g. aviation safety, environmental); health practitioners; and lecturers from other Universities.

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Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare. Read more

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

Programme structure

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). 

Pathways

There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Core modules

Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules

Pathway modules

Acutely ill patient

Cancer and Older People

Cancer

  • Cancer in Society
  • Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth

Long Term Conditions

  • Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Managing Multi-morbidity in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health

Or

  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

And

Or

Older People

Paramedic Practitioner

Patient Safety

  • Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional modules

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
  • Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
  • Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
  • Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
  • Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
  • Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
  • Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
  • Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills

  • Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
  • Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
  • Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed. Read more
NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed.

The Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care module will enable you to reflect on the challenges of improving healthcare delivery and specifically enhancing patient safety. The module incorporates the latest thinking relating to improvement models and the contribution of human factors to patient safety.

Module content

Day 1
-Understanding the concept of variation in healthcare, how it can be identified and measured.
-Reflect upon the link between variation in delivery systems and overall system reliability and resilience.
-Explore the connection between variation, system performance and patient safety.

Day 2
-Explore models of improvement, the strengths and weaknesses of various tools and techniques.
-Understand systems thinking from the perspective of improvement and performance.
-Analyse the difference between personal v systems failure in contributing to patient safety.

Day 3
-Measurement of system performance, specifically statistical process control, risk assurance, both qualitative and quantitative data
-Contribution of patient (user input to health system assessment).
-The potential learning from other sectors, notably the nature and contribution of safety cases to improving patient safety.

Day 4
-The nature of error/failure modes and assessment approaches.
-Contribution of human factors, performance influencing factors and organisational culture to improvement and safety.
-Engagement of staff in improvement/safety and sustainability of interventions/improvements.

Day 5
-Matching capacity and demand in healthcare.
-Learning from other industries.
-Assignment planning.

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The programme will attend to both theoretical and practical aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety; it will draw on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester. Read more

Course Aims

The programme will attend to both theoretical and practical aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety; it will draw on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester.

Information on the research groups can be found at:
SAPPHIRE - http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/health-sciences/research/soc-sci
TIMMS - http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/health-sciences/research/timms

The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, practice and theory in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

Course Modules

Current compulsory modules include:
•Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare
•Patient Safety
•Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
•Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
•Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

with two research methods modules:
•Quantitative Methods in Applied Health Research
•Qualitative Research in Applied Health esearch

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Taught modules will use a variety of assessment methods, usually including oral presentations, assignments and written tests. Students will also be required to produce a dissertation relating to a healthcare quality and safety theme.

Modules will usually be taught in blocks of two/three days. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor as well as a supervisor for their dissertation.

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This programme offers the opportunity to study all aspects of Simulation as way of providing education and training to others, whilst grounding it firmly in a sound evidence based knowledge of educational theory and practice. Read more
This programme offers the opportunity to study all aspects of Simulation as way of providing education and training to others, whilst grounding it firmly in a sound evidence based knowledge of educational theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to study all aspects of the theory and practice of health and medical education in the workplace, the design, and delivery of scenarios and simulation sessions, planning simulation facilities, programming simulators. You will also have the opportunity to study medical emergencies and managing risk, leadership and teamwork, business skills, and evidence based practice.

What are the key skills that I will gain?

On a masters programme you will gain many different skills and a lot of knowledge. The main aims of this programme is to:
-Provide you with the knowledge and skills required to utilize high and low fidelity simulation as a training and educational tool to improve the knowledge and skills of participants
-Enable you to empower others to transfer learning acquired in simulation scenarios to the workplace in order to improve services and increase patient safety
-Enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation on the knowledge and skills of other health care practitioners in order to increase patient safety and improve the quality of services
-Enable you to critically appraise best evidence in order to inform your educational and training practice in simulation

Is this for me?

If you are involved in the provision of medical or healthcare simulation then this programme has a route for you. As a clinician you may be from a medical or other healthcare background where you are involved in the provision of training and education which would benefit from the utilisation of simulation, or you may already be using simulation as an education or training tool. If you do not have a clinical background you may be interested in the technical side of simulation, and the leadership and business acumen that might benefit you in your role. There are a range of modules and awards within the MSc that would add to your professional development in the field.

Course Structure

The MSc in Health and Medical Simulation is designed around three core compulsory modules, two (compulsory) modules of common interest and one optional module.
The three core modules are;
-Health & Medical Simulation: Design & Delivery
-Medical Emergencies & Human Error: Managing Risk & Improving Services
-Health & Medical Education in the Workplace

The two compulsory modules (common interest) are:
-Evidence-Based Practice
-Healthcare Disciplines Project

Students can study one of the following optional modules;
-Leadership in Practice
-Work Based Learning
-Technology Enhanced Learning

Students will follow a personalised and flexible programme of study that provides an optimal opportunity for learning, whether they are full-time or part-time.

What will I gain?

The programme leads to the award of MSc Health and Medical Simulation; Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Medical Simulation; or Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Medical Simulation, depending on the number and combination of modules that you choose to study

Why choose this course?

Simulation is now recognised as a key component in managing medical emergencies, understanding the effect of interpersonal and team dynamics on quality of patient care, increasing patient safety and improving services. Therefore, there is a growing need for clinical facilitators who are developed to deliver high quality simulation training and education.

The University of Hertfordshire has state of the art simulation facilities, a track record, and the expertise in simulation education. This programme is unique in the UK.

The MSc Health and Medical Simulation has been developed to enable students to develop advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide high quality effective education and training across a range of situations, using Simulation as the primary tool.

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"The course structure and the core modules cover the fundamentals of system safety in such depth and breadth as to be applicable to any safety standard, for example the ISO 26262. Read more
"The course structure and the core modules cover the fundamentals of system safety in such depth and breadth as to be applicable to any safety standard, for example the ISO 26262. I chose the modules Human Factors for Safety Critical Systems and Computers and Safety and believe this to be a very good combination for anybody working in the automotive industry. Unlike previous degree courses I refer to my York notes a great deal since they are extremely relevant to my day to day safety activities.”
Robert, Jaguar Land Rover

“As a clinician, I have found this course to be absolutely essential. I would recommend that anyone working in healthcare with an interest in patient safety should take the Foundations of System Safety Engineering module at the very least. For those who have a more focused safety role, particularly in healthcare technology, the University offers a number of modules to choose from, working up to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc Safety Critical Systems Engineering.”
Beverley, Department of Health Informatics Directorate

The discipline of SSE has developed over the last half of the twentieth century. It can be viewed as a process of systematically analysing systems to evaluate risks, with the aim of influencing design in order to reduce risks, i.e. to produce safer products. In mature industries, such as aerospace and nuclear power, the discipline has been remarkably successful, although there have been notable exceptions to the generally good safety record, e.g. Fukushima, Buncefield and the Heathrow 777 accident.

Various trends pose challenges for traditional approaches to SSE. For example, classical hazard and safety analysis techniques deal poorly with computers and software where the dominant failure causes are errors and oversights in requirements or design. Thus these techniques need extending and revising in order to deal effectively with modern systems. Also, in our experience, investigation of issues to do with safety of computer systems have given some useful insights into traditional system safety engineering, e.g. into the meaning of important concepts such as the term hazard. The course therefore has a number of optional modules looking at software safety.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide you with a thorough grounding and practical experience in the use of state-of-the-art techniques for development and operation of safety critical systems, together with an understanding of the principles behind these techniques so that you can make sound engineering judgements during the design, deployment and operation of such a system. On completing the course, you will be equipped to play leading and professional roles in safety-critical systems engineering related aspects of industry and commerce.

New areas of teaching are developed in response to new advances in the field as well as the requirements of the organisations that employ our graduates.

We aim to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical application of the essential components of Safety Critical Systems Engineering, to complement previously gained knowledge and skills. As a York Safety Critical Systems Engineering graduate, you will have a solid grounding of knowledge and understanding of the essential areas, as represented by the core modules. The optional modules give you the opportunity to gain knowledge in other areas which are of interest and these are taught by recognised experts in those areas.

Transferable Skills

Information-retrieval skills are an integrated part of many modules; you are expected to independently acquire information from on-line and traditional sources. These skills are required within nearly all modules, are an essential part of project work.

Numeracy is required and developed in some modules. Time management is an essential skill for any student on the course. The formal timetable has a substantial load of lectures and practical sessions. You are expected to fit your private study in around these fixed points. In addition, Open Assessments are set with rigid deadlines, so you must balance your time between the different commitments.

All students in the University are eligible to take part in the York Award in which they can gain certified transferable skills. This includes the Languages for All programme which allows students to improve their language skills.

Projects

For both full-time and part-time students, the project(s) enable(s) students to:
-Demonstrate knowledge of an area by means of a literature review covering all significant developments in the area and placing them in perspective;
-Exhibit critical awareness and appreciation of best practice and relevant standards;
Investigate particular techniques and methods for the construction of safe systems, possibly involving the construction of a prototype;
-Evaluate the outcome of their work, drawing conclusions and suggesting possible further work in the area.

The project(s) address(es) a major technical problem concerned with real issues. It should, if possible, include the development and application of a practical method, technique or system. It is a natural progression from the taught modules, and builds on material covered in them. Ideally it addresses the problem from a system perspective, including hardware, software and human factors. It will typically have an industrial flavour. If you are a part-time student, you are encouraged, with the help of your managers and academic staff, to select a project which is relevant to your own work in industry.

The project begins at the start of the Summer term after completion of the taught modules, and lasts 18 months part-time / 6 months full-time. For part-time students there are three weeks attendance at York during the project, for progress assessment and access to library facilities: in July near the start of the project; and in the following January and July. Full details are provided during the course.

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Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Read more
Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a student advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice

Optional modules - choose three from the following:
-Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
-Information Law and Governance
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
-Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare
-Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.

Careers

The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Employability
Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

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7HW074 Applied Specialist Nursing Practice). (September to May – year long). This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional. Read more

7HW074 Applied Specialist Nursing Practice)

(September to May – year long)

This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional

practice and an ability to manage the care of a patient experiencing an episode of critical illness; this will be evidenced through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.

Module content includes:

Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice

development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.

Assessment Details:

1. 10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal

practice setting (Pass/Refer)

*you will require a practice mentor to assess

your practice.

2. A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW072) (September to January - Semester 1)

You will study anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, monitoring and therapeutic interventions relating to a variety of areas relevant to the care of the critically ill patient. You will evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to the management of critical illness.

Module content includes:

The context and development of critical care services, applied physiology of respiratory, cardiac, renal and gastrointestinal systems; non-invasive ventilatory support, nutritional support and metabolic disorder. Maintaining patient safety as a fundamental aspect of care will be addressed as a theme throughout the module along with communication skills and infection control measures.

Assessment Details:

A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to care for an individual experiencing an episode of critical illness.

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW073)

(January to May - Semester 2)

You will focus on managing care of critically ill (level 3), patients and will evaluate guidelines and evidence underpinning methods of assessment and therapeutic intervention.

Module content includes:

Applied physiology and assessment of the nervous system; shock and haemodynamic monitoring; mechanical ventilation; management of acute renal failure; sedation, delirium and pain management; psychological effects of critical illness for the patient and family. Patient safety, communication and infection control issues will continue as themes throughout this module.



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We have scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy. Read more

We have scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy. This spans the fundamental understanding and concepts of drug action, the discovery of new drugs and development of medicines, the clinical management and rationale use of medicines, through to the professional role of the pharmacist in improving public health.

As a postgraduate research student studying for an MPhil or PhD, you will be based within the School of Pharmacy and a research institute in the Faculty of Medical Sciences relevant to your proposed research. Our research institutes are as follows:

If your research involves clinical components there may be a partnership with the NHS.

The School of Pharmacy's focus is on multidisciplinary translational research, work that is relevant to real life. We combine world-class laboratory and clinical research facilities with an open environment where scholars, clinicians and researchers benefit from working side-by-side. You will spend your time within research teams led by experts in their field, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

We offer MPhil and PhD supervision in the following research areas:

Disease-Selective Medicines

The discovery and development of new small molecule therapeutics with improved disease selectivity and reduced systemic toxicities, through the use of rational drug design and synthesis, lead optimisation, and preclinical evaluation in cellular disease model systems. We are particularly interested in the development of cancer prodrugs with tumour specific activation and reduced systemic toxicity, and novel therapies for improved treatment of infective diseases including Dengue and other haemorrhagic fever viruses and Tuberculosis, amongst others.

Improved Strategies for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Understanding the molecular mechanisms that generate and maintain the symptoms and processes of chronic pain, and its translation to effective strategies for pain control, including opioid treatment.

Cellular Physiology

Understanding the pathways that allow hormones to control epithelial ion channel activity and physiological action, particularly the control of sodium channel activity in the distal nephron and consequent hypo/hyper-tension.

Safety Pharmacology and Discovery Toxicology

Development and utilisation of new preclinical tools for identification of therapeutics with potential safety liabilities, particularly novel clinically relevant cell models and systems for detection of effects upon the heart.

Pharmaceutics and Chemical Principles of Dosage Form Design

Pharmaceutical formulations to deliver active molecules to treat disease. We have active research on intermolecular interactions, nanoscale pharmaceutics and nanotherapeutics, including dosage form design from intermolecular interactions, and delivery of biopharmaceuticals. In particular research is focused on:

  • determining strategies for improving drug solubility and altering materials properties to enable effective drug delivery and the production of enhanced medicines.
  • supramolecular Pharmaceutics, particularly inter/intramolecular interactions and kinetics leading to, during and after self-assembly of small organic molecules.
  • fundamental and translational nanomedicines
  • understanding and improving drug delivery via the subcutaneous, inhaled and intravitreal routes of delivery

Pharmaceutical Public Health

The role of community pharmacy as a central fulcrum to address health inequalities and behaviour change in relation to smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, sexual health and obesogenic behaviours, amongst others. As the community pharmacy is the most frequent point of contact for patients and public within the wider primary healthcare team, we evaluate the dynamics and interactions of this relationship and the potential role for pharmacy within the early diagnosis of disease and improvements in public health.

Rational Medicines Use

The safe and efficient use of medicines in primary and secondary care is central to the role of every pharmacist. However, medicines are becoming increasingly complex and patients are being given more preventative medicine focused at improving their health, which poses clear risks and significant potential for complications. Rationalisation of medicine usage crosses care boundaries, applies both within primary and secondary care, and furthermore at the care interface. We investigate prescribing habits and the mechanisms to support patients who may take complex medicines for a significant portion of their life

Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Medication errors can result in patient injury or death, and are preventable. These errors can occur at the stages of ordering, transcription, dispensing and administration. We conduct studies around key technological advances targeted towards intercepting these errors and improving patient safety. Our research focuses on evaluation of specific health information technology prevention strategies throughout the medication use process, with a particular emphasis on health information technology, including its broader implications for medical care and policy. We also explore the different types and causes of errors that occur during the prescribing process when using electronic systems, providing national and international recommendations for their improvement.



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This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning. Read more
This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

You will broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest, and increase your overall knowledge of the concepts and theories that impact on this important subject.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics-in-practice2

Postgraduate certificate - https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics

Why choose this course?

• Study one core unit that is designed to deepen your understanding of law and ethics, and choose from optional units which allow you to focus on patient safety, human factors and organisational development concepts
• Explore the subject with an experienced, interdisciplinary team made up of university and visiting staff, and is likely to include dentists, health and social care professionals and legally trained professionals
• Develop insights into the legal and ethical impact on everyday decision making in a practice setting
• Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
• Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics-in-practice

Course detail

This unique postgraduate course is concerned with the practical application of legal and ethical knowledge as well as the fundamental concepts and theories of law and ethics. It provides you the opportunity to examine your own practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework with specific emphasis on enhancing patient care and delivering excellent service.

This course provides you with opportunities to study selected legal and ethical principles which have immediate relevance to dental care and practice. At the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will have a chance to study how the law is made and the links between law, morality and human rights. This is followed by exploring the concepts that shape your understanding of management and leadership for staff and organisational development in the dental practice context.

At the final stage, you move to greater levels of independence, undertaking supervised research project work related to legal and /or ethical issues in dental practice.

The course encompasses both clinical and business contexts.

Modules

The MA in Dental Law and Ethics is obtained by completing the following units:

PgCert stage
• Dental Law in Practice
• Ethical Dental Practice

PgDip stage
• Law and Ethics, concepts and theories
• Developing the dental team

MA stage
• Law and Ethics research project

Assessment

Assessment incorporates both assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) elements.

Formative assessment is through the submission of draft work for feedback. Formative assessment provides opportunities to develop and test out ideas with peers and tutors in preparation for the summative work.

The tasks are designed to allow you to rehearse the types of thinking behaviours (analysis, critique and argumentation) that are necessary for the summative work, with tutor and peer support and feedback.

Careers

After completing this course you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the wide range of legal and ethical issues that can directly or indirectly impact patient care.

The course will enhance your capacity to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework, including the ability to identify and address emerging challenges through independent and/or collaborative activity.

Graduates will have a deep understanding of fundamental legal and ethical concepts and theories that enable you to present your ideas and opinions in a structured, planned and supported approach to legal and ethical issues.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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