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Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting
Course Code: INT71
Entry Requirements:



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


  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*


  • Be currently employed in healthcare 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 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 ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


*For those required to register with a professional body


If you have not undertaken formal study for some time and are concerned regarding your academic study and writing skills, you are strongly advised to  undertake the access module (Academic Writing and Learning Skills Module-available through the Centre for Lifelong Learning) prior to attempting any standalone modules.

Credits from standalone modules can be accrued towards the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies)

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


Module Dates:

Induction Day - Wednesday, 04th September 2019

Thursday, 12th September 2019

Thursday, 10th October 2019

Thursday, 07th November 2019

Fees (euro):


Application Process:

Closing date Friday, 14th June 2019 - late applications may be accepted

To receive an Application Form, please contact Postgraduate Administrator below.

Kelly Baker

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies

St Angela's College

Lough Gill


T: 071-9135612


 Alternatively, you may download an Application Form.

Next Intake:

September 2019

* Please note: All modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Closing Date: 2019-06-14

Programme Overview

This exciting stand-alone module is to comprehensively deliver the elements of patient safety as presented by the WHO (2010). It is anticipated that this module will form part of the professional and academic development of the health professional working in acute and community settings, relating specifically to patient safety. 

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept 'Patient Safety'.
  • Discuss the fundamentals of achieving effective Patient Safety in the health care system and the influence of factors such as: human performance, effective communication, error prevention/identification/reporting and risk management in optimising patient safety.
  • Analyse the tools and procedures employed to improve quality in healthcare.
  • Discuss the role of various quality initiatives currently developed and employed in healthcare that optimise patient safety including: patient/carer engagement, infection control and strategies to improve safety in invasive procedures and medication management.

Module content:

  • What is patient safety?
  • What is 'human factors' and why is it important to patient safety?
  • Understanding systems and the impact of complexity on patient care?
  • Being an effective team player?
  • Understanding and learning from errors
  • Understanding and managing clinical risk
  • Introduction to quality improvement methods
  • Engaging with patients and carers
  • Minimising infection through improved infection control
  • Patient safety and invasive procedures
  • Improving medication safety. 

Blended Learning (elearning and College attendance)

Contact Details

Ms Dympna O'Connell or Ms Mary Cooke
Department of Nursing & Health Studies
St Angela’s College
Lough Gill
T: 071 9135611
E: Dympna O'Connell:
E: Mary Cooke:

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