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

Acute medicine as a speciality has developed rapidly over the last number of years both nationally and internationally. It is defined as part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients who present as urgencies or emergencies. Given the acuity of patients

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 and Governance in Health & Social Care

Entry requirements

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

Application dates

Closing Date: 4.00pm on 15th May 2020




One semester part-time (lectures are delivered one day per week on the MTU Kerry Campus) from January 2022 to May 2022



Post Course Info

Progression Opportunities
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.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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