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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 Niamh Plunkett
Centre for Lifelong Learning
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill Sligo

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

Enrolment and start dates

This module will commence each October.

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