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Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting

Module Description:
This module aims to comprehensively deliver the elements of patient safety as presented by the WHO (2010). It is anticipated that this module will form part of the professional and academic development of the health professional working in acute and community settings, relating specifically to patient safety.

It will provide an opportunity for health professionals to be updated, educated and trained in the theoretical and practical skills relating to all aspects of patient safety. It is anticipated that the module will have significant positive impact on patient care and outcomes. This stand-alone module can be completed on its own for professional development purposes. It is also part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:
This module is offered at 2 levels.
1. Academic Accreditation: For those completing module at Level 9, applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (min 2.2 or evidence of equivalent academic credits), however accreditation for prior learning and accreditation for experiential learning are also considered.

2. Continuing Professional Development: For those who opt not be assessed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Course content will be delivered over 5 Saturdays plus 1 day for assessment. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Further enquiries

Dr Maria Gallo
Centre for Lifelong Learning
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill
T: +353 (0) 71 9135623

Subjects taught

Module Content:
• What is patient safety?
• What is 'human factors' and why is it important to patient safety?
• Understanding systems and the impact of complexity on patient care?
• Being an effective team player?
• Understanding and learning from errors
• Understanding and managing clinical risk
• Introduction to quality improvement methods
• Engaging with patients and carers
• Minimising infection through improved infection control
• Patient safety and invasive procedures
• Improving medication safety


Stand Alone Professional Development Modules
The Department delivers a number of stand-alone modules which address issues of interest to all health care professionals. Each module runs over one semester. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Below is an example of some of the modules on offer.

• Ethical Practice (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Advanced Research Skills (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Quality & Healthcare Management
• Clinical Audit
• Healthcare Risk Management
• Enhancing Evidence Based Practice
• Advanced Clinical Skills (See page 26)
• Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting (See page 29)
• Advanced Wound Management
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Challenging Behaviour
• Therapeutic Communication
• Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-Harm
• Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents

Full module descriptions available on

Application date

Application Process for Stand Alone Modules:

Enrolment and start dates

This module will commence each October.

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