Quality Improvement in Health Care (UCLMG001)

Module Overview

This distance-learning module on Quality Improvement is relevant to development 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 what initiatives could improve the quality of health care delivered. Participants will be required to participate in online discussions, one online virtual seminar and submit one written assignment reflecting on their understanding, and application, of quality improvement.

Aims

This module aims to enable participants to: explore the different meanings of quality in the context of health care; appraise a range of approaches and tools for promoting quality in health care; assess the role of governments, organizations, professionals and service users in quality improvement initiatives; study the research evidence on what works best in quality improvement and to apply these findings to their own organizational contexts.

Module Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop skills that enable them to:
  • Offer and negotiate definitions for the significant terms used in defining and assessing quality in health care
  • Identify a range of approaches, tools and strategies to quality Improvement, and critical success factors
  • Assess the role of government, non-governmental organisations, managers, purchasers, professionals and service users in quality improvement initiatives
  • Identify the different ways and levels in which users can be involved in quality improvement in health care
  • Be familiar with a range of approaches and tools for promoting quality in health care
  • Appraise one chosen approach/tool for promoting quality in their own organizational context

Mode of Delivery

This module will be delivered entirely through a VLE (Moodle 2). This approach combines educational methods that encourage self-directed learning, reflection on personal experience, critical thinking and access to extensive online resources. This will enable students to engage in collaborative learning and to be in regular contact with module tutors for a high level of academic support.

Participants will work through course materials and readings, undertake directed learning activities and participate in a two week asynchronous virtual seminar. This will build the foundations for their written assignments.

Administration

  • Pre-requisite module: N/A
  • UCL module title: Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • UCL module code: UCLMG001
  • Module tutor: Ceri Butler
  • M level credits: 15
  • Module cost: ¬£900.00 for year 2014-15

Teaching dates

This module runs four times a year (subject to a minimum of 10 students per block) in the following teaching blocks:

Block Start
End
Assignment due date
Closing date for applications
2014-15 Teaching Block 2
Monday 05 January 2015
Friday 27 February 2015
Monday 16 March 2015
Monday 08 December 2014 - apply here
2014-15 Teaching Block 3
Monday 27 April 2015
Friday 19 June 2015
Monday 06 July 2015
Monday 23 March 2015 - apply here

If you have any general queries, please contact Jeannine Attreed.