Core Module Information
Module title: Improving Safety and Quality of Care

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

Module code: NUR11124
Module leader: Jane Whitehorn
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module focuses on Platform 6 of the NMC Future Nurse Standards (2018), whichcovers Improving safety and quality of care. The following outcomes from this platform areaddressed [6.4, 6.7, 6.6, 6.9]. In additionoutcomes from Platforms 1 [1.8], 5 [5.7] and 7 [7.7 and 7.11] are addressed.This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between risk management and patient safety. You will be facilitated to identify, critique, evaluate and apply underpinning theories, principles and approaches to risk management and patient safety, at a local, national and international level. The perpetual, worldwide emphasis on quality enhancement, hazard management and the delivery of safe care is increasingly recognised as multifactorial and complex. It involves predicting human behaviour, which in turn involves the study of behavioural science such as rationality and reliability theory. To assist you to identify and critically appraise these factors, the module will include the following five units:(1) Introduction to Potential Hazards and Patient Safety - this unit will invite you to explore and critique; the history of risk and patient safety, definitions of risk, safety and quality and relationships between risk, safety and quality improvement [LO 1]. (2) Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety - will enable you to formulate and extensive, detailed and critical understanding of a systems approach to managing risk and patient safety, while developing a critical understanding of concepts in relation to systems reliability and the impact of cultural influences on risk and patient safety [LO 1-2]. (3) Human Factors and Patient Safety - this unit critically explores human factors science and its impact on safety, and evidence informed approaches to team based working as a solution [LO 2-4]. (4) Approaches to Quality Enhancement - this unit will enable critical appraisal of national and international patient safety programmes and local systems for managing risk and patient safety. You will critically explore tools and techniques for reducing risk and enhancing patient safety, and be expected to demonstrate understanding about the importance of communication with external partners in relation to quality enhancement approaches [LO 4-5]. This module has been set up to support the development and enhancement of communities of learning in line with a programme focused approach.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically evaluate theories of risk relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

LO2: Critically debate evidence underpinning the relationship between autonomy and hazard management.

LO3: Critically analyse evidence-informed interventions designed to promote safety for vulnerable patients.

LO4: Critically evaluate evidence informed approaches enabling informed decision making by patients where safety may be compromised.

LO5: Demonstrate decision-making around implementing evidence informed tools and strategies to support positive risk taking in practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Catherine Mahoney
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Tutorial 10
Online Guided independent study 190
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 1~2~3~4~5 Not Yet Determi HOURS= 2.3
Discussion/Participation 30 1~2~3~4~5 Week 10 HOURS= 2
Report 50 1~2~3~4~5 Exam Period , WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Improving Safety and Quality of Care