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Quality and Safety (Standalone 20 credit module)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 12 weeks (distance / e-Learning)

Please note that this is a stand-alone module that currently runs as part of the Critical Care MSc.

Course Aims

This stand-alone e-Learning module in Quality and Safety is appropriate for all healthcare professionals, working in any related clinical area. It will provide the student with an understanding of the Quality Agenda both within the United Kingdom and globally.

The aim of the module is to allow healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in Quality and Safety. The module content includes:

Course Description

The Francis Report (2013) revealed failures in the quality and safety of the healthcare provision in one English NHS organisation. The report recommendations will have a far-reaching impact on all healthcare organisations where the focus on quality and safety will be paramount.

Cardiff University, one of the Russell Group Universities, now offers a part-time e-Learning, Level 7 module, which is suitable for all healthcare professionals, working in any aspect of healthcare.

The Quality and Safety module, is a 12 week stand alone (20 credits), Masters level (level 7), e-Learning module. It aims to provide the student with the opportunity to learn and develop an understanding of quality and safety issues within their clinical practice. It will allow students to reflect on current issues and facilitate a greater understanding of how these impact on health care and to synthesise this to clinical practice in order to identify best practice.

The emphasis is on:

This is an e-Learning module with an integrated method of teaching and a range of different media to present key knowledge. The nature of eLearning means that the module can be studied and completed at the students’ pace and allows flexibility to fit in with working in clinical practice. Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central, which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE). This delivers the course materials/content. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desktop / laptop / tablet) smart phones and iPads, via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).

Course Structure

The module starts with a 2 week introductory period to enable to the student to familiarise themselves with the module and e-Learning. The main module, runs over 10 weeks.

The course team offer support Mon – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. The method of assessment is a written assessment. There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

Skills Acquired

The student will develop their ability to study at level 7, understand the research process and how to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research and research findings, in relation to practice. They will be encouraged to challenge ideas. The emphasis is on the quality and safety within clinical practice.

Student Views

While this is the first year the module has been delivered as a stand-alone course, it has been delivered as part of the Critical Care MSc. The following testimonials on this module are from Critical Care MSc students.

"Using the procedures reviewed within the module, the mistakes were completely due to human error and communication; this has led to a simple change in standard operating procedures in practice."

"I don’t think any academic work I have previously undertaken has had such an impact on the area I work in."

"I had not fully appreciated the depth of research within this field."

"You have a very high standard of teaching and assessing. It all enhances the improvement in our own clinical areas."

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

Please note: All students enrolling for the module must be in relevant paid employment. The student has to be working in a clinical area that is relevant to module they are undertaking, throughout the module.

Students should also ensure that as the module is offered as an e-Learning course, the student will need to have a reliable Broadband connection (1mb or higher) to access the module materials.


The module runs in March each year. The next module will start on the 7th March 2016.

If you wish to apply for this module please visit the following webpage.

On the right hand side of the screen there are links to the application form and referee report form to be used. Please note that applicants MUST apply on paper following the instructions on the Cardiff University site (in the above link) – you cannot apply via the Online Application Service - so please follow the instructions for postgraduate paper based applications.

Please ensure that upon completing the application where it asks for the proposed programme title that you write, ‘Quality and Safety stand-alone module’ – ensuring that you specify which intake you are applying for.

Applicants should use their personal statement to provide background information about their area of clinical practice and area(s) special interest and details of why they want to undertake the module.

CPD Module

The Department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine within the School of Medicine have recently launched an eLearning CPD module, Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Details and the booking / registering your interest form can be found on the School of Lifelong Learning pages.

If you have any questions, please email the module team on

Please note: a deposit of £300 is required before enrolment to the module will be permitted.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
(standalone 20 credit module)
£1,292 £1,875
Deposit n/a n/a

Next intake: March each year

School Contact

Name: Sharon Norman  

Telephone: +44(0)29 2074 3215 



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