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Simulation and Patient Safety (PGCert/PGDip/MSc)


Course Description

Do you want to explore how simulation-based learning methods can improve the quality of patient care? The part-time one year postgraduate certificate programme will allow you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. On successful completion of this award you may choose to progress onto a second year of study towards a postgraduate diploma. Be primed with the advanced knowledge to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety.

Do you want to advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety? The part-time two year postgraduate diploma programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. On successful completion of this award you may choose to progress onto a third year of study towards a masters degree. Be primed with the skills and knowledge of simulation-based learning methods to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety.

Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? The 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.

Applying

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits. To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at Plymouth University.

If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered, provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

Plymouth University is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Assist.

Visit the Simulation and Patient Safety (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language.

Course Fees

Full-time UK/EU: £2,520, International: N/A, Islands: £5,130; Part-time (per 60 credits) UK/EU: £2,520, International: N/A, Islands: £5,130


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