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.
Please see our Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality) brochure for more information.
This course has a number of places* funded under the Human Capital Initiative. See Springboard Courses for more information, on the provision that you meet the eligibility criteria below.
(*Please note, place numbers are very limited).
This programme provides training for healthcare providers including:
The qualification may also be suitable to those in the fields of claims management and those specialising in healthcare law.
The course will provide training for clinical and managerial HCPs in the area of clinical risk management and leading to the award of a graduate diploma. This is an appropriate qualification for professionals practising in the field of clinical risk management and healthcare in addition to, or as part of, their work.
The skills learned will provide the basis for participation in clinical risk management and risk management 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.
Taught Course. Teaching sessions relating to the medico-legal aspects of clinical risk management (September to December) with a programme of attendance (part of continuous assessment as attendance is required to the specialist lectures), self directed learning; case-study based group sessions, legal specialist sessions, clinical risk management/patient safety specialist sessions, critical discussion events, workshops and other learning sessions. Assessment by exam in December.
Taught Course - involving 19 part-time (3.5 hours) (66.5 hours) teaching sessions relating to the medical speciality aspects of clinical risk management (January to April) with a programme of attendance (part of continuous assessment as attendance is required to the specialist lectures), self directed learning; case-study based group sessions, medical specialist sessions, clinical risk management/patient safety specialist sessions, critical discussion events, workshops and other learning sessions. Assessment by exam in May
Medico-legal/Clinical risk management Group presentation. This is a particular and specialist clinical risk management / medico-legal scenario which is based on the specialist topics presented through the taught programme. The presentations are thus, part of the continuous assessment of the course but the presentation is carried out and assessed in December.
Presentation in April before peers and external examiners of a professional pilot project (work for which commences in September when students are presented with project guidelines. In January, the students present a preliminary outline of the pilot which idea is refined by consultation with the subject head and course co-ordinator. From January to April students research and pilot the project. This presentation is this part of a continuous assessment project). In addition, the students are required to submit an essay of 2000 words which comprises of the written aspect of the professional pilot project and thus commences in September, is given a preliminary evaluation in January and is researched from January to April and submitted towards the end of April.
The aims and goals of the programme are to equip students with the vital general and specialist knowledge of the main aspects of clinical risk management and to enable students to be able to present their ideas, with coherence within a specialist healthcare environment, especially in relation to professional aspects of risk management. The course utilises a mix of teaching, continuous assessment evaluations, case-study presentations and a pilot project which is orally presented and evaluated by external examiners.
The Graduate Diploma is divided into four core modules, totalling 60 ECTS. This will potentially enable students to proceed to a fourth module (30 ECTS) to attempt to gain an MSc in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality.
The taught modules will be assessed by continual assessment and written examinations at the end of each module.
The assessments will comprise:
The course is held in the UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Health Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4.
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|€7,100 per annum||€14,020 per annum|
Last Updated - April 2022
Academic Course Coordinator:
Mr. Asim SheikhUCD School of Medicine
Forensic and Legal Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
Ms. Danielle MariéUCD School of Medicine Forensic & Legal Medicine UCD Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4T: + 353 1 716 6647E: email@example.com