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Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care PGCert

Course content

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.

Course details

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.

What you study

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
  • Using Evidence to Advance 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.


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.

Visit the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care PGCert page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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