Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting

Category: Educational Courses, Healthcare, Stand Alone Modules
Duration: 5 Saturdays
Level: 9
Credit: 10 ECTS / Certificate of Attendance
Start Date: October 2017
Qualification Required: Available to all Healthcare Professionals
Qualification Attained: Module (10 ECTS) can be used towards the postgraduate diploma in health sciences/studies (60 ECTS)

This exciting stand-alone module is 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. 

The module 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 post graduate diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies or newly developed Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare quality Studies

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept 'Patient Safety'.

  • Discuss the fundamentals of achieving effective Patient Safety in the health care system and the influence of factors such as: human performance, effective communication, error prevention/identification/reporting and risk management in optimising patient safety.

  • Analyse the tools and procedures employed to improve quality in healthcare.

  • Discuss the role of various quality initiatives currently developed and employed in healthcare that optimise patient safety including: patient/carer engagement, infection control and strategies to improve safety in invasive procedures and medication management.

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. 

What is the course duration?

This module will commence in September 2017. 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.

Module dates: Saturdays 10am - 4pm

7th October 2017

4th November 2017

25th November 2017

9th December 2017

13th January 2018

OSCE Assessment & Coursework: 27th January 2018


It is very important to attend induction session. Induction incorporates the following:

  • Registration

  • Introduction to Moodle (on-line learning facility)

  • How to use Library Services

  • Orientation onto and about the module

  • Introduction to module leader/lecturers

Module ECTS weighting: 10 credits

Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

What do our students think?

‘The mix of media in this module was excellent. Lecturers combined reading material, YouTube videos and real life scenarios – captured my interest and was all current and relevant. It was great to have class debate and discussion. This was well organised, interesting and informative module and everyone involved was very helpful’ Tonia Doyle (2012)

Who should apply?

This module will be of interest to all healthcare professionals working in the acute or community settings. HIQA and the W.H.O advocate that there be a commitment to patient safety to improve the quality and safety of all healthcare services.

What are the 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 experimental 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.

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below or alternatively print and complete the application form and follow the payment option below. If you are being funded by your employer please forward letter to that effect to us from your employer/funding organisation and we will invoice directly.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order for €40 (non-refundable booking deposit) made payable to St. Angela’s College.  We also require a passport size photo and a copy of any examination results.

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway or Certificate of Attendance.

Module Fees: €750

  1. Online Form: educational-application

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