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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to healthcare delivery and what leads to harm (PSHF11001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will cover the following topics: The models of healthcare delivery, the magnitude of harm in healthcare and perception of risk. This gives a broad introduction to causes of patient harm in healthcare, relevant validated safety checklists and the extent of their impact. The focus is upon understanding what causes patient harm, why it occurs and what has currently been carried out to reduce harm to patients.
Course description This course will cover the following topics: The models of healthcare delivery, the magnitude of harm in healthcare and perception of risk. This gives a broad introduction to causes of patient harm in healthcare, relevant validated safety checklists and the extent of their impact. The focus is upon understanding what causes patient harm, why it occurs and what has currently been carried out to reduce harm to patients.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in course assessment:
40% Asynchronous discussion boards. Student will be asked to post on their own hazard/risk issues in their own workplace/country and encouraged to comment on what it is like to hear the perspectives of other multidisciplinary members (SCQF 11.1 and 11.3)
30% Fishbone diagram (cause and effect diagram - a visualization tool) for categorizing the potential causes of a clinical problem in order to identify its root causes (SCQF 11.4) Students will be asked assess the contributing factors to the clinical incident.
30% group work assessment ┬┐ Students will be asked to develop a Group Wiki page (SCQF 11.2, 11.5). Students will study a specified report and answer questions as a group using the reference text. Assessment will include peer marking via WebPA.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current issues and complexities within healthcare, the magnitude of harm in healthcare, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions. Students will gain a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles at the forefront of the field. (SCQF 11.1)
  2. Be competent in evaluating and synthesising issues at the forefront of patient harm prevention (SCQF 11.3). They will develop original and creative responses to problems and issues (SCQF 11.3)
  3. Students will be given a case study of safety lapses in different multidisciplinary contexts and asked to look at the perception of risk (explaining the difference between Hazard v Risk). This will enable students to use a principle professional skill in this area (SCQF 11.2). They will practise in ways which draw on critical reflection on their own and others┬┐ roles and responsibilities (SCQF 11.5).
  4. Have practical experience in their own workplace setting of demonstrating leadership and making an identifiable contribution to change and development and new thinking (SCQF 11.5)
Reading List
Key chapter for:
Safety at the sharp end by Rhona Flin
The checklist manifesto by Atul Gawande(Profile Books 2010)
Safer Healthcare: strategies for the real world by Vincent and Amalberti (Springer 2016)
Better by Atul Gawande (Profile Books 2008)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordshealthcare,patient safety,human factors,clinical sciences,harm prevention
Contacts
Course organiserDr Claire Davies
Tel: (0131 6)51 4929
Email: Claire.Davies2@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Dawn Shennan
Tel: 0131 242 6478
Email: dshennan@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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