Core Module Information
Module title: Governance and Accountability in Healthcare

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11169
Module leader: Libby Campbell
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module brings together the principles and practice of Governance in the healthcare environment at a strategic level. With a particular focus on Clinical Governance, it promotes an understanding of the accountability frameworks for professional and other healthcare staff. Emphasis will be placed on the key areas of policy and models of governance, risk management and safety, legal and ethical issues, evidence-based practice, quality and metrics and organisational culture and teamwork. This will help to develop an understanding of the dynamics of clinical governance in practice, at professional and organisational level, in a challenging setting that is demanding a consistently better quality of care in a more compassionate environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically examine the development of Clinical Governance in the NHS (UK), recognising the influence of the professions and the public, and exploring the impact of implementation in practice.
LO2: Challenge the concept of accountability in the context of healthcare, recognising the underpinning legal, ethical and professional principles.
LO3: Critically appraise the current approaches to assessing risk and ensuring patient safety in healthcare settings.
LO4: Evaluate current practice in relation to assessment of clinical effectiveness and decision-making based on evidence.
LO5: Critically appraise current approaches to measuring quality
LO6: Critically examine the challenges to development of strong leadership and a positive culture within healthcare environments.

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