Institution / Institute of Technology Tralee
City scape

Developing Safe Environments in Health & Social Care

This course is open to health and social care professionals, reflecting 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 Management of Risk in Public Service. 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 course responds to service need to implement the service-user safety agenda in accordance with Building a Culture of Patient Safety (Department of Health and Children, 2008). 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 course 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.

Entry requirements

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The Institute operates a policy that allows for the recognition of prior learning, both formal and informal. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited education, work based training and relevant life/work experience. This learning is assessed and this assessment may lead to academic credits, exemption from subjects on intended course of study or places on particular courses of study. Applicants are required to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how they have achieved the learning outcomes of a particular module within a programme or how they meet the entry requirements of a programme of study. The Institute is committed to providing support and assistance to guide the learner through the RPL application and/or in compiling the portfolio. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis once a student has registered on a particular course.


1 semester part-time from January to May 2017.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities
On successful completion of the course, students will have gained 10 credits at NFQ level 9 that may contribute to the achievement of other academic awards, such as the MSc in Nursing at IT Tralee.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
T : +353 (0)66 7145638
E :

Subjects taught

Ethical Judgement in Professional Leadership
Management of Risk in Health and Social Care

Application date

Application Closing Date: 5th August 2016.

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

Registration/Orientation: Friday 9th September, 2016.

Download application form @

Course Commencement: Monday 12th September, 2016.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!