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Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare

Course Features
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.

Course Overview

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:

doctors
nurses
clinical risk /patient safety advisors/managers
hospital managers/directors
administrators and others working in the fields of patient quality
health care lawyers
healthcare legal claims managers

Course description

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.

Entry requirements

Eligibility criteria
Doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and radiographers must have a minimum of three years’ post qualification experience.

Other healthcare personnel and professionals must have a basic qualification in one of the health sciences or hold such other qualifications as approved by the School of Medicine and Medical Science and have a minimum of three years’ clinical or healthcare managerial experience or other relevant experience.

Anyone outside this criteria will be considered on an individual basis by examining qualifications, work experience and suitability.

International Applicants
International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

Duration

4 Months Part Time (September to December).

Further enquiries

Programme Administrator:
Ms. Brid McCormack
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Forensic & Legal Medicine
UCD Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6647
E: legal.medicine@ucd.ie

Academic Course Co-ordinator:
Mr. Asim Sheikh B.L
Forensic and Legal Medicine
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4
E: asim.sheik@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

The Certificate covers the following 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 litigation and at Hearings.

Students must pass the module to be eligible for entry onto the Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality), if they wish to transfer / continue to the Diploma.

Otherwise, an exit option exists for students who successfully complete this module but do not wish to continue to the Graduate Diploma Programme, in which case students are eligible for the award of the Professional Certificate in Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare.

Application date

The next intake for Graduate Diploma Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality) is September.

Enrolment and start dates

Next intake: September.

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