Blended learning including lectures, seminars, workshops and case studies.
Covers medico-legal aspects of healthcare, the clinical risk management process, risk management in various clinical specialties, issues of patient safety and quality and their application to both clinical and non-clinical areas.
Emphasises practical application of this knowledge and training in the risk management and patient quality process.
Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality) are eligible to apply for a one-year part-time MSc.
This course provides training for healthcare providers, doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, other healthcare professionals and personnel, hospital managers, clinical risk advisors/managers, hospital managers/directors, administrators and other professionals working directly or indirectly in the fields of patient quality, safety and clinical risk management.
Who Should Take This Course?
This programme provides training for healthcare providers:
clinical risk advisors/manager
administrators and others working in the fields of patient quality
safety and clinical risk management and health care lawyers
The qualification may also be suitable to those in the fields of claims management and those specialising in healthcare law.
What Will I Learn?
The course will provide training for clinical and managerial healthcare professionals in the area of clinical risk management and leading to the award of a graduate diploma. This is an appropriate qualification for professionals practising in the field of clinical risk management and healthcare in addition to, or as part of, their work.
The skills learned will provide the basis for participation in clinical risk management and risk management committees and for further training as a risk / patient safety advisor/manager. The knowledge acquired will be applied to the improvement of patient safety and care, to the prevention and management of legal claims and to healthcare delivery in general. The qualification may also be suitable to those in the fields of claims management and those specialising in healthcare law.
The Diploma covers the following areas: Structure and organisation of the healthcare system, healthcare finance and personnel, the legal system, the legal framework of the healthcare provider-patient relationship, EU legislation, medical records, patient consent, medical negligence, ethical issues, medico-legal reports and court evidence, definition of risk, risk identification, risk of clinical risks (general and applied to specialties and departments), management of non-clinical risks, safety at work legislation, risk insurance and indemnity, claims investigation and management, implementation of the risk management process.
How/Where Will I Learn?
The aims and goals of the programme are to equip students with the vital general and specialist knowledge of the main aspects of clinical risk management and to enable students to be able to present their ideas, with coherence within a specialist healthcare environment, especially in relation to professional aspects of risk management. The course utilises a mix of teaching, continuous assessment evaluations, case-study presentations and a pilot project which is orally presented and evaluated by external examiners.
The Graduate Diploma is divided into four core modules totalling 60 ECTS. This will potentially enable students to proceed to a fourth module (30 ECTS) to attempt to gain an MSc in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality.
The taught modules will be assessed by continual assessment and written examinations at the end of each module.
The assessments will consist of:
A written assessment in December and May (Modules 1 & 2).
Presentation of case studies in December (Module 3) and a written project which is also presented by the participants (Module 4).
Modules 1 and 3 are assessed in December (Semester 1)
Modules 2 and 4 are assessed in April/May (Semester 2)