Patient Safety: Principles and Practice
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
This Postgraduate Certificate will interest all those in healthcare and healthcare management who want to know more about patient safety from policy to patient care. Although the recognition of preventable harm has a quite recent history, it is now a priority for all healthcare providers.
During your studies you will develop a stronger understanding of how health professional behaviour, their interactions, and the surrounding healthcare system can lead to error. You will also learn how to accurately describe and measure both threats to patient safety and safety improvements so as to optimize healthcare quality. You will consider the role of the patient in Patient Safety, how they might be involved in improvement and some of the challenges this might create. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to identify a patient safety problem in your work place and, with management support, plan a solution.
At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.
The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.
The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.
- Normally have a previous degree in a health related subject with a classification of (2:2 or above). However, applicants who do not possess this qualification, but have appropriate work experience may also be considered
- Have experience of working as a qualified health or social care professional as part of a multi-disciplinary team for at least two years and incorporate taking responsibility for a group of patients or clients
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Learning activities and assessment
Students will enrol on a part time basis for either a semester or one academic year. You will be expected to attend University for approximately four days teaching per module, with two additional half days for seminar presentations. On successful completion of the programme (both modules) you will receive a Post Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety or alternatively continue your part time studies through undertaking further postgraduate modules to gain the award of Post Graduate Diploma or Master of Science in Healthcare Studies.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.
Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.
Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:
Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
Download the programme specification for Patient Safety: Principles and Practice
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.