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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies) Level 9
Course Code: INT70
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Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies) Level 9

 

Entry Requirements:
  • Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

OR

  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*

        AND

  • Be currently employed in healthcare or social care, either in: clinical practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

        Applicants will normally have gained:

  • A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

 

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Exam (http://www.ielts.org/ for information on IELTS tests) is required.

 

*For those required to register with a professional body


Duration:

All programme content must be completed within two to three years

Fees (euro):

€750 per module

Application Process:

Closing date Saturday 17th June 2018 - late applications may be accepted.

To receive an Application Form, or to answer further queries please contact the Postgraduate Administrator below.

Louise McMonagle
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies St Angela's College Lough GillSligo

T: 071 9135612 E: lmcmonagle@stangelas.nuigalway.ie 

Alternatively, you may download an Application Form.

Next Intake:

Programme modules commence at various times during the academic year. See individual modules for start dates and attendance dates.

Closing Date: 2018-06-17

Programme Overview

 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies) programme is a multidisciplinary programme, delivered on a part-time basis. This programme is appropriate for students who have already undertaken a primary degree or higher diploma (health science related) at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, 2003). Students undertake a total of six modules at level 9 on the NFQ to gain a Postgraduate Diploma.

The model of delivery will allow potential students to study 2 modules (or more) per year on a stand-alone basis. Students who complete up to 6 modules within a 2-3-year timeframe will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Healthcare Quality Studies. Students undertake the first 4 modules on a stand-alone basis and having completed 4 modules successfully they register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences( Healthcare Quality Studies). Once students complete 6 modules within the 2-3-year timeframe, they gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies).

All apart from two standalone modules are delivered through blended learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home with minimal college attendance (2-3days over a semester).

Core Modules:

-Advanced Research Skills

-Ethical Practice

 

4 Modules to be chosen from this list:

-Clinical Audit

-Quality & Health Care Mangement

-Healthcare Risk Mangement

-Patient Safety in the Health Care Setting

-Enhancing Evidence Based Practice

 

Many of our stand-alone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.

Quality and Healthcare Management

The aim of this module is to furnish students with the knowledge and skills to analyse the quality management functions within the Irish health service; critique the Irish and European legislation and Policy context for quality in health care and appraise the systems and structures required to ensure the effective utilisation of all relevant health information in relation to policy making, service planning and the management and administration of health services with regard to quality. The key elements of clinical governance and the structures, systems and processes required to incorporate clinical governance within health care organizations is also an integral part of the module.

Blended Learning (e-learning and College attendance)

Course work & participation in on-line discussions. Examples of coursework include essays; literature reviews; development of posters; portfolios; group presentations

Clinical Audit

The aim of this module is to equip students with both the knowledge and skills to both conduct a clinical audit or engage proactively with others in clinical audit in their workplace. Students will be taught how to analyse variances' within the context of quality improvement and clinical governance.

Blended Learning (elearning and College attendance)

Course work & participation in on-line discussions.
Examples of coursework include essays; literature reviews; development of posters; portfolios; group presentations

Ethical Practice

The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of ethical perspectives and issues relevant to their professional practice. At the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the distinctiveness of major historical and contemporary ethical theories and relate these to the working environment. A central theme in the module will be the relationship between ethical theory and practice. As part of this, particular emphasis will be placed on on-going reflection on the complexity of ethical decision-making in professional situations. Students will be invited to explore their own ethical positions in the light of new learning.

Blended Learning (elearning and College attendance)

Course work & participation in on-line discussions.
Examples of coursework include essays; literature reviews; development of posters; portfolios; group presentations

Advanced Research Skills
This module focuses on developing further students understanding of the theoretical foundations of research, research methodologies and methods of data collection. The module has two major goals. Firstly, to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to interpret and implement research findings in their practice and secondly, to prepare students to undertake a piece of research. Students will be given an opportunity to recap on methodological approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. A key skill in promoting students independence is preparing students to complete their own research project under the supervision of a supervisor. Therefore, this module has a specific focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills of "doing" research.

Healthcare Risk Management

The aim of this module will introduce the concept of risk management; the underpinning legislation, policy & key reports relating to risk management, patient safety, & safety at work within the Irish context. The module will also examine the international drive for patient safety in the context of risk management & clinical governance. Students will learn how to identify, analyse, and control risk.

Blended Learning

Course work & participation in on-line discussions.
Examples of coursework include essays; literature reviews; development of posters; portfolios; group presentations.

Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting

The module will provide an opportunity for health professionals to be updated, educated and trained in the theoretical and practical skills relating to all aspects of patient safety. It is anticipated that the module will have significant positive impact on patient care and outcomes. This stand-alone module can be completed on its own for professional development purposes. It is also part of the post graduate diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies or newly developed Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare quality Studies

Enhancing Evidence Based Practice

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles & components of EBP; Clinical Decision Making; Formulating a Clinical Question; Searching Skills; Study Design/Methodologies; Systematic Reviews/Meta Analysis; Critical Appraisal; Tools of EBP; Clinical Guidelines and Integrated care Pathways so that they are in a position to implement the best available evidence into their daily practice.

Course work & participation in on-line discussions. Examples of coursework include essays; literature reviews; development of posters; portfolios; group presentations

Career Opportunities

Students are empowered in their work arena to respond actively to changes in their current place of work and become key drivers in the development of their professional practice. This programme is a pathway to progressing to Masters level education.

Downloads & Other Information

Application Form
Application Process

To receive an Application Form, please contact Postgraduate Administrator below.
Louise McMonagle
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill
Sligo
T: 071 91-35-612
E: lmcmonagle@stangelas.nuigalway.ie
Alternatively, you may download an Application Form.

Fees 750 per module (please see module details for exact fee)
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