HSC8048 : Health Care Quality

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces key concepts underpinning health care quality. It covers the theory and practice of different approaches to quality improvement as well as the evidence base for and methods of evaluating approaches to improve the quality of health care. The module will place these topics within the context of several strategies employed to address quality within the British NHS, including: the Darzi review; safety improvement; clinical governance; and clinical guidelines.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover a number of topics in health care quality, taught by academics and experts in the respective fields. These will include:
Concepts of quality
Clinical audit
Patient safety
Shared decision making/Patient and public role
Roles of different parts of the system
Outcomes and indicators
Organisation wide approaches

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study721:0072:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a highly interactive module which draws widely upon the experiences and knowledge of the students, hence suited to seminar format with student and tutor led preparation and presentations/discussion. The teaching and learning methods used are designed to maximise opportunities for students to reflect on and incorporate their own professional and practical research experience into their learning. Students are expected to undertake private study each week in preparation for the next session. As this is a Masters level course, students will be expected to engage in significant self-guided learning, including allocated essential and further reading and accessing web-based learning resources.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M1002000 words - proposed quality improvement project
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be given an open assignment which will allow them to demonstrate their understanding of key issues covered by the module and practice applying a range of critical skills. The assignment will require students to identify a current and specific problem with the quality of health care delivery – preferably based upon their own experience but possibly from available literature. Students will be expected to identify and critically appraise relevant evidence to support a change in practice or policy around their selected problem and then describe how they would develop an appropriate implementation strategy. Students should also consider whether or how their selected topics and strategies fit into national policy initiatives and how they would evaluate any change in practice. This assignment should be written up as a structured, concise account.

Transferable skills, such as communication and team-working, will be formatively assessed during group sessions as participants jointly consider the course materials and their implications.

Reading Lists