Clinical Postgraduate Training and MDECs

UCL Medical School brings together a range of clinicians, practitioners, researchers, academics and clinical teaching fellows many of whom are experienced educationalists.

As part of the MDECS programme we will be offering six modules in the 2014/15 academic year; three from UCL Medical School and three from UCL Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education (CHIME).

Teaching and Learning in Medical Education

This module is based on the successful Teaching Improvement Project Courses and an existing M level module. It will introduce participants to the theoretical underpinnings of medical education (drawing on recent research and the wider educational community).

In addition it will enable students to recognise and develop the attributes of a good medical teacher, gain a greater knowledge of teaching and learning processes and plan effective teaching. Students will also develop practical skills and techniques to become more effective educators and enable them to maximise teaching opportunities in the clinic or on the ward.

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/postgraduate/taught-degrees/modules/tandl.

Quality Improvement in Health Care

This module is adapted from the Quality Improvement module from the award winning MSc in International Primary Health Care. Quality improvement is relevant to the development of, and improvement in, all health care systems. Drawing largely on UK/European and North American literature participants will explore the theories and methods of healthcare quality improvement.

This module will enable participants to appraise these theories in the context of their own organizational setting to understand those initiatives that could improve the quality of health care delivered.

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/postgraduate/taught-degrees/modules/quality-improvement.

Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional

Leadership is an imperative component of contemporary healthcare. In a changing societal and healthcare landscape, delivering progressive healthcare is a challenging process. This module has been developed to allow professionals who take responsibility for the resourceful and safe organisation of healthcare practice to develop their skills and understanding of workplace based leadership and its application.

This module will suit participants from all medical specialities as well as from professional backgrounds allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery and paramedicine.

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/postgraduate/taught-degrees/modules/leadership.

Healthcare Quality & Evidence-Based Practice

This module addresses the big question of “how can we improve healthcare?” It examines what is meant by healthcare quality and considers the relationship between quality, evidence and regulation. The module is part of the acclaimed MSc Programme in Health Informatics, selected by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to provide education for trainees on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in information retrieval and critical appraisal. Assessment involves a case-study which requires students to apply what they have learned in the module to scenario concerning a maternity unit with a high level of caesarean section deliveries. The module will suit participants from all medical specialities as well as other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists).

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/chime/study/mdecs

Patient Safety & Clinical Risk

When things go wrong in high risk organisations such as the NHS, the results can have huge consequences on the individuals involved, with damage to humans, equipment and the environment. This module explores issues relating to safety, reviews the risk management process and investigates the link between quality, risk and safety. It is part of the acclaimed MSc Programme in Health Informatics, selected by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to provide education for trainees on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

Topics covered will include areas such as the causes and consequences of errors, organisational factors that contribute to risk and safety, adverse event monitoring systems to identify current and future weaknesses; and techniques and information systems to support patient safety. The module will suit participants from all medical specialities as well as other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists). 

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/chime/study/mdecs

Litigation, Complaints & Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards

According to the Francis Report (2013) patients raising concerns about their care are entitled (if they wish) to have the matter dealt with as a complaint. Clinicians must now be familiar with complaints handling procedures and their role in reporting and responding to complaints. The broad aim of this module is to enable students to understand the role of negligence law, professional guidance and regulation in supporting the delivery of a high quality service.

The focus will be on practical guidance and ways of dealing with compromised care. Students will develop up-to-date skills, and legal knowledge. They will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice and how the module themes apply to their own professional situation.  The module is relevant to all medical specialities as well clinicians from other clinical backgrounds (such as nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists). 

Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/chime/study/mdecs