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

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 needs 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 undervalued 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.

Entry requirements

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


1 semester part-time from January 2021 to May 2021

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

Nursing and Health Care Sciences
Tel: (066) 7191696
Admissions Office
Tel: (066) 7145638

Subjects taught

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

Application date

Closing Date: 4.00pm on 15th May 2020

Course fee


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