The aims and goals of the programme are to equip students with the vital general and specialist knowledge of the main and core medico-legal aspects healthcare and to enable students to be able to present their ideas, with coherence within a specialist healthcare environment, especially in relation to the professional aspects medical law and medico-legal aspects of healthcare. The course utilises a mix of teaching from experts and practitioners in the areas of law, governance and medicine, by way of continuous lecture contact, assessment evaluations, case-study presentations and a written exam.
Students will have knowledge and a detailed understanding of the main aspects of medico-legal theory and practice and an understanding of the basic aspects of clinical risk management. Students will learn: the ability to cogently listen, interpret, discuss and debate, vocally and in writing and research issue/s in relation to medico-legal issues within a healthcare setting; to communicate effectively in writing, oral and visual presentation to be able to present ideas at all levels of a medical enterprise from lower staff to corporate management; Will specifically deal with areas of: clinical negligence, patient consent, medical records, confidentiality and privacy, medico-legal issues at the beginning and end of life, death reporting to the Coroner, courtroom skills, medico-legal issues of professional regulation and fitness to practice, medico-ethical aspects of medical practice; Ability to ensure effective communication skills in the medical workplace in general, as between the doctor and patient and in other settings such as the courtroom when involved with or as an expert medical witness. Use information technology and electronic sources of information in work, practice and presentation. Learn to think in terms of `integrated governance' and practical solutions to problems in healthcare and law, which problems may lead to harm to patients, by working with supervisor/s who are in the professional fields of law, medicine and governance.
The Certificate offers the opportunity to allow for participants entering to consider (I) entering into the Diploma programme and further (II) consider the Master’s Programme if suitable.
Teaching, learning Assessment Approach
The Teaching approach is to utilise substantive, case-study and an interactive style to learning with as practical as possible input from lecturers who are specifically required to draw from their professional expertise in the fields of litigation, claims handling and other areas of medical law and ethics.
Learning is acquired through open discussion of professional topics, case study analysis and also on-line interaction and discussion boards.
The Professional Certificate consists of 1 Module of 15 ECTS.
The teaching is combined with 3 assessments: (I) an on-line / essay-type project (II) a Group Presentation and (III) an end of module written exam designed to ensure the acquiring of knowledge of the core medico-legal issues discussed in the programme.
Students must pass the module to be eligible for entry onto the Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality), if they wish to transfer / continue to the Diploma programme. Students who successfully complete the Diploma, are eligible for entry onto the MSc in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality) programme (which is by competitive entry only).
Otherwise, a default exit option exists for students who enter the Professional Certificate and successfully complete this module but do not wish to continue to the Graduate Diploma Programme, in which case students are eligible for the award of the Professional Certificate in Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare.
This Module is Assessed in 3 Stages during the term (September to December):
- By an online essay / exercise in term;
- By a Group Oral Presentation;
- By Written exam in December.
The course is held in the UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Health Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4.