Health & Social Care - Developing Safe Environments in Health & Social Care - Kerry

This programme is open to health and social care professionals and reflects service user safety as a concern across complex, fast moving and pressurised environments (World Health Organisation 2011). The minor award consists of two 5 credit modules: Ethical Judgement in Professional Leadership and Quality Improvement and Governance in Health & Social Care. Collectively, these two modules critically explore contemporary inter-professional working and communication as they influence service-user safety. Specific topics include professional accountability; moral responsibility; legal, professional and ethical aspects of the management of adverse events; promoting quality services by risk management; open disclosure policies; protecting and promoting rights of groups with specific needs; moral theory, ethical decision-making, whistle blower protection and national regulation for safer, quality-assured health and social care.

This programme responds to service need to implement the service-user safety agenda in accordance with national policy. The World Health Organisation has acknowledged that the education and training of healthcare professionals has "been underused and under-valued as a vital tool for addressing the challenges of achieving improved patient safety". This programme utilises the World Health Organisation Patient Safety Curriculum Guide to provide a growing awareness and recognition of service-user safety in health and social care.

Subjects taught

Ethical Judgement in Professional Leadership
Quality Improvement & Governance in Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Prospective applicants must hold a NFQ level 8 qualification in nursing, health or social care or equivalent.

Application dates

Apply to Admissions Office Kerry Campus.

Admissions Office
Munster Technological University
North Campus
Co. Kerry
V92 HD4V




1 semester part-time.

Course Delivery
One semester part-time (lectures are delivered one day per week on the MTU Kerry Campus).



Post Course Info

On successful completion of the programme, students will have gained 10 credits at NFQ level 9 that can contribute to the achievement of other academic awards, such as the MSc in Nursing at MTU.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime

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