Aims/Description: The aim of this module is enable students to explore an area of work that the potential to improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness or patient experience of healthcare. It draws together learning from across the programme and engages the academic skills of critical appraisal, evaluation methods and quality improvement. Students identify a relevant issue from clinical practice and subject this to systematic analysis to produce and evidence based report that addresses improvement objectives through recommendations for clinical practice.

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Staff Contact: GRAY JAMES T
Teaching Methods: The module begins with two introductory lectures which introduces the principles of quality improvement and audit. Following this, students are provided with an academic tutor who supports them using a variety of approaches including face to ace tutorials and tutorials via telephone, email or skype.
Assessment: Assessment will be through the submission of a 3000 4000 word assignment TT will focus on area of quality improvement or audit that is of interest to the student. The students will be required to demonstrate a critical understanding of the underpinning evidence that they present (LO 1&2) and an understanding of change management theory (LO 3). The student will be expected to preset a reasoned argument for the recommendations that they put forward (LO 4).

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