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Quality and Safety (20 credit masters module)    Back

Cardiff University Course Type: Short courses (CPD) Start Date: To be announced
Duration: Full time - 3 Months Fees/total cost: EUR 1,607.93 (GBP 1,170.00)


Please note that this is a stand-alone module that currently runs as part of the Critical Care MSc.

Course Aims

This stand-alone e-Learning module in Quality and Safety is appropriate for all healthcare professionals, working in any related clinical area. It will provide the student with an understanding of the Quality Agenda both within the United Kingdom and globally.

The aim of the module is to allow healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in Quality and Safety. The module content includes:

  • Learning from error
  • Human factors
  • the model for improvement

Course Description

The Francis Report (2013) revealed failures in the quality and safety of the healthcare provision in one English NHS organisation. The report recommendations will have a far-reaching impact on all healthcare organisations where the focus on quality and safety will be paramount.

Cardiff University, one of the Russell Group Universities, now offer a part-time e-Learning, Level 7 module, which is suitable for all healthcare professionals, working in any aspect of healthcare.

The Quality and Safety module, is a 12 week stand alone (20 credits), Masters level (level 7), e-Learning module. It aims to provide the student with the opportunity to learn and develop an understanding of quality and safety issues within their clinical practice. It will allow students to reflect on current issues and facilitate a greater understanding of how these impact on health care and to synthesise this to clinical practice in order to identify best practice.

The emphasis is on:

  • Human Factors
  • Error management
  • Tools for improvement
  • Understanding data for improvement

This is an e-Learning module with an integrated method of teaching and a range of different media to present key knowledge. The nature of eLearning means that the module can be studied and completed at the students’ pace and allows flexibility to fit in with working in clinical practice. Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central, which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE). This delivers the course materials/content. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desktop / laptop / tablet) smart phones and iPads, via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).

Course Structure

The module starts with a 2 week introductory period to enable to the student to familiarise themselves with the module and e-Learning. The main module, runs over 10 weeks.

The course team offer support Mon – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. The method of assessment is a written assessment. There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

Learning Outcomes

Skills Acquired

The student will develop their ability to study at level 7, understand the research process and how to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research and research findings, in relation to practice. They will be encouraged to challenge ideas. The emphasis is on the quality and safety within clinical practice.

This course is a module of: Critical Care MSc / PgDip / PgCert

Full time

3 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Standard applicant fee:
EUR 1,607.93 (GBP 1,170.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Alex Payne
School of Medicine
University accredited:
Last update: 21/09/2015