Blended learning including lectures, seminars, workshops and case studies.
Covers medico-legal aspects of healthcare: an introduction to clinical risk management and risk management in practice; issues of patient safety and quality; introduction to the legal system; medical negligence, Health & Safety Issues in Healthcare; patient consent, confidentiality and privacy, beginning and end of life issues, medical research, medico-ethical aspects of law and medical ethics; Medical Litigation Issues: Plaintiff and Defendant perspectives; the Coroner's Court; Fitness to Practice and Professional Regulation; Practical aspects of expert witness and evidence in cases
Emphasises practical application of this knowledge and training healthcare and medico-legal settings;
Students who have successfully completed the Professional Certificate Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare can continue into Term 2 and complete the Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality), and who are then 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, and will also be direct professional interest to healthcare lawyers and those involved in claims management.
This programme provides training for healthcare providers and those involved in healthcare and allied aspects of healthcare such as:
clinical risk /patient safety advisors/managers
administrators and others working in the fields of patient quality
health care lawyers
healthcare legal claims managers
The course will provide training for clinical and managerial healthcare professionals and lawyers involved in the medico-legal aspects of healthcare and in the areas of clinical risk management - leading to the award of a Professional Certificate in Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare. This is an appropriate qualification for professionals practising in the medico-legal fields of healthcare, clinical risk management and patient safety in addition to, or as part of, their work.
The skills learned will provide the basis for participation in claims for healthcare and legal professionals and clinical risk management, risk management and patient safety 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 aims and goals of the programme are to equip students with the vital general and specialist knowledge of the main and core medico-legal aspects healthcare and to enable students to be able to present their ideas, with coherence within a specialist healthcare environment, especially in relation to the professional aspects medical law and medico-legal aspects of healthcare. The course utilises a mix of teaching from experts and practitioners in the areas of law, governance and medicine, by way of continuous lecture contact, assessment evaluations, case-study presentations and a written exam.
Students will have knowledge and a detailed understanding of the main aspects of medico-legal theory and practice and an understanding of the basic aspects of clinical risk management. Students will learn: the ability to cogently listen, interpret, discuss and debate, vocally and in writing and research issue/s in relation to medico-legal issues within a healthcare setting; to communicate effectively in writing, oral and visual presentation to be able to present ideas at all levels of a medical enterprise from lower staff to corporate management; Will specifically deal with areas of: clinical negligence, patient consent, medical records, confidentiality and privacy, medico-legal issues at the beginning and end of life, death reporting to the Coroner, courtroom skills, medico-legal issues of professional regulation and fitness to practice, medico-ethical aspects of medical practice; Ability to ensure effective communication skills in the medical workplace in general, as between the doctor and patient and in other settings such as the courtroom when involved with or as an expert medical witness. Use information technology and electronic sources of information in work, practice and presentation. Learn to think in terms of `integrated governance' and practical solutions to problems in healthcare and law, which problems may lead to harm to patients, by working with supervisor/s who are in the professional fields of law, medicine and governance.
The Certificate offers the opportunity to allow for participants entering to consider (I) entering into the Diploma programme and further (II) consider the Master's Programme if suitable.