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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. 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.

Visit the Patient Safety (MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert) page on the Imperial College London website for more details!

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