MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical Governance)
The MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical Governance) has been developed to offer a unique and exciting opportunity to explore the context and development of the quality, patient safety and clinical governance agendas. Due to the broad application of clinical governance, the pathway has been designed to encourage multi-professional study and is suitable for all local, national and international healthcare professionals. The pathway is also appropriate for non-clinical staff working within the health service, particularly clinical governance and risk management/patient safety support staff
Key features of the pathway
The pathway has been developed to allow a part-time, flexible approach to postgraduate study and, depending on which modules are selected, it can be completed entirely by e-learning (online distance learning). Due to the dynamic nature of e-learning, study materials are continually updated to respond to new developments in the rapidly evolving clinical governance agenda. E-learning also provides distance learning students with an enhanced experience through increased interaction and support from facilitators and students from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds
Pathway enrolment and progression
Completion of the pathway requires the student to successfully undertake the following modules:
- Critical Appraisal Skills for Practitioners OR Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
- Clinical Governance: Is it Making a Difference?
- Two option modules from the postgraduate portfolio
- Dissertation double-module that must focus on clinical governance
Pathway core module: Clinical governance: is it Making a Difference?
Clinical governance is a key component of healthcare policy which is aimed at safeguarding standards and improving the quality and safety of care. Implementing clinical governance requires a supportive and developmental approach which engages all health professionals as well as patients and the public and demands a shift in culture to ensure that it is embedded within everyday practice.
Since its introduction in 1999, there has been continued debate about the reality of clinical governance, whether it has truly made a difference to the safety and effectiveness of our services and whether we are effectively engaging patients and the public in shaping the development and delivery of health services. The aim of this module is to continue these debates and explore how we embed clinical governance in practice, how we get strategy into practice, whether it is actually making a difference and whether it addresses the need for best value in our health services
The choice of option modules will normally be discussed with the Postgraduate Academic Facilitator. However, the following module complements the pathway core module particularly well:
Risk and accountability
The aim of risk management processes is to reduce risk activity to an acceptable level. Organisations must create a culture of prevention rather than reaction and remedy. To support this, a progressive, honest and open environment is necessary, where mistakes and untoward incidents are identified quickly and acted upon in a positive and constructive way without fear of blame.
Organisations are faced with constant change and the ability to improve practice involves rationing to meet the new and ever shifting baseline in the struggle to provide high quality care. Increasing public expectations of public services must be balanced within a limited budget. Managing risk and ensuring patient safety is everyone's business, and therefore requires a strong support network, more risk embracing behaviour, and the development of robust systems to ensure that risks are rigorously assessed and communicated.
The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to critically examine these concepts by developing their understanding of the theoretical background to risk management, patient safety and accountability, and to apply these in the context of a sound governance framework.
The development and delivery of both these modules has only been possible through close partnership working with local and national leaders in the field of clinical governance and risk management. Both modules are delivered by e-learning and can also be undertaken on a stand-alone basis.
- Possession of a relevant 1st degree or equivalent
- Access to a personal computer with good connection to the internet (broadband recommended)
Postgraduate Academic Facilitator, Advanced Practice (Clinical Governance)
Dr Sandra Hainey
Tel: +44(0) 01382 385942
Tel: +44(0) 01382 388530