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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Quality in health service organisations
    • Quality assurance in health care
    • Quality improvement
    • Strategy and quality development
    • Implementation
    • Tools of quality improvement
    • Measuring quality improvement
    • Development of quality organisation
    • Risk management
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain definitions and theoretical concepts of quality and safety in health
  2. analyse techniques relating to outcome measurements
  3. assess the extent to which organisation related factors may be contributing to quality and safety approaches
  4. critically evaluate requirements for a comprehensive approach to management of quality and safety in health care organisations
  5. recommend ways in which health care organisations can develop a coordinated strategic approach to addressing quality and safety issues.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study Presentations (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Discussion Board (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject was previously known as Health Service Quality Development.

The goal of this subject is to introduce the student to strategic approaches for developing a quality oriented health service organisation. Topics include: History and development of quality and safety; Quality and safety issues related to leadership, management, planning and management of information; Role of the consumer; Tools for process analysis and management; Outcomes of quality measurement; External recognition of quality programs; Safety and the quality agenda; Role of clinical governance.

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