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Postgraduate Course: Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) (MCLM11027)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPatient and public involvement is firmly established in health research policy in the United kingdom and many (but not all) countries internationally. Including patient and public perspectives in the research team, it is claimed, improves the quality of research and ensures research is relevant to people who use health services. Public engagement is a related area, which incorporates communicating with the public about research: what researchers do, why they do it, what it contributes to society. Effective involvement and engagement of patients and members of the public in research requires researchers to reflect on their own values and practice, including their views of 'expertise'. This course will enable participants to analyse and debate the value of patient and public involvement in research and develop their skills in implementing it in their own practice.

Patient and public involvement in research is a developing field. The course may challenge some of your understandings of what constitutes an expert, how you interact with patients and your ways of working.
Course description This course will introduce the course participant to the principles and practice of involving patients and the public in research.
Patient and public involvement is when members of the public are actively involved in research studies, working with researchers on the development, conduct, dissemination and governance of clinical research. Patient and public involvement does not mean recruiting patients as participants in research studies.

Patient and public involvement in research is a developing field. The course may challenge some of your understandings of what constitutes an expert, how you interact with patients and your ways of working.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 50, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 108 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Project I: 35%
Individual Project II: 30%
Individual Project III: 35%

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Critically appraise the theory and key principles of patient and public involvement in clinical research
  2. 2. Critically assess their own practice/place of work in relation to the level of patient and public involvement in research.
  3. 3. Evaluate the barriers to effective patient involvement and strategies and techniques to overcome such barriers
  4. 4. Design a patient and public involvement strategy for a clinical trial
  5. 5. Demonstrate the skills to explain the role of patient involvement in a clinical trial to a lay person
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate attributes are the academic competencies, personal qualities and transferable skills the course participant should develop during their time at a Higher Education Institution. Within the work to be undertaken, this course will provide course participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop the key graduate attributes below which are informed by the four 'Clusters of skills and abilities' held within the Edinburgh University's overarching Graduate Attributes Framework which spans these three areas:
1. Enquiry and lifelong learning
2. Aspiration and personal development
3. Outlook and engagement
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The MSCCT Graduate attributes are:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgment and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed and curious learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Engage in reflective practice and self-development
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (written, oral, online) effectively respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
KeywordsClinical trials,patients,public,involvement,engagement
Course organiserDr Allison Worth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3190
Course secretaryMrs Elspeth Currie
Tel: (0131 6)50 9242
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