The course will provide training for clinical and managerial healthcare professionals 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.
- Modules 1 and 3 are assessed in December (Semester 1)
- Modules 2 and 4 are assessed in April/May (Semester 2)