Quality and Safety in Healthcare CPD, 6 or 12 non-consecutive days

Course information

Taught by Health Sciences

This is for you if... you have experience of working in healthcare and want to improve your knowledge of the theory and practice of improving quality and safety within the sector.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Harm resulting from unsafe healthcare is one of the ten leading causes of death and disability in the world today. While it seems inherently obvious that patient safety should be at the heart of everything we do in healthcare, the mechanisms for doing so are not always simple. Learning about quality and patient safety will equip you to lead change in healthcare that can make a real impact on the experiences and outcomes of patients. A sound theoretical knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety will help you to identify and design interventions for change that have the greatest chance of decreasing patient harm, improving patient experience and generating a sustainable positive working environment

On our courses, you will learn the practice and theories of healthcare quality and patient safety from our academics, who are leading world-class research in this area, and from experts in quality and safety at our NHS partners. Among the topics available are quality improvement methods, the influences on patient safety, methods and knowledge in the discipline of ergonomics and human factors, and the use of data for quality improvement and patient safety. You will also be supported to develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, and communication.

Each of these short courses is also a module within the MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please confirm in your application that your experience and your professional development aims are both appropriate to the course(s) you are applying for.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.5 in each element. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

12-day course

This course is worth 30 credits and costs £1,780

  • Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare

6-day courses

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £890

  • Patient Safety
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
  • Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
  • Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

International Students

12-day course

This course is worth 30 credits and costs £4,140

  • Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare

6-day courses

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £2,070

  • Patient Safety
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
  • Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
  • Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Understanding quality and improvement will enable you to add value to any health care service you work in. These courses will enable you to deliver tangible change to your environment in a way that inspires others to do the same and create a culture of better patient care. It can contribute to your career by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in healthcare.

Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a short course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.


Course structure

Courses available

Courses available

The CPD courses are based on the following MSc modules:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The University of Leicester has a world-renowned reputation. We are ranked in the top 20 in the world (and the top 5 in the UK) for clinical medicine, according to the 2020 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Our flexible approach allows you to balance study with your professional commitments. Choose to study standalone CPD modules, with the opportunity to build into a PG Cert, PG Dip or MSc.

Learn from the experts. Our experienced, research-active clinical and academic staff will share their expertise, providing you with the knowledge and practical skills to apply your professional life.

The Department of Health Sciences has approximately 140 academic, research, teaching, and support staff and around 100 taught postgraduate students, meaning that you will be supported throughout your time with us.

Teaching and learning

There is a balanced mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Thecourses are taught using a variety of methods in blocks of two teaching days a week for a total of six days per module – twelve days for Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare. When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Assessment includes written assignments (case studies, reports and essays) and presentations. Alternatively, you can choose to take your course as 'attendance only': you won't take the assessment and will receive a Certificate of Attendance but no University credits.

Key dates

All pairs of dates are a Wednesday and a Thursday.

Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare

  • 10/11 March 2021
  • 24/25 March 2021
  • 21/22 April
  • 5/6 May 2021
  • 19/20 May 2021
  • 9/10 June 2021

Patient Safety

  • 20/21 January 2021
  • 3/4 February 2021
  • 17/18 February 2021

Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare

  • 16/17 June 2021
  • 30 June & 1 July 2021
  • 21/22 July 2021

Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety

  • 23/24 June 2021
  • 14/15 July 2021
  • 28/29 July 2021

Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare

  • 3/4 March 2021
  • 14/15 April 2021
  • 28/29 April 2021

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare Qualification CPD Duration 12 non-consecutive days Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Patient Safety Qualification CPD Duration 6 non-consecutive days Start Dates Availability Apply Now
Course Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety Qualification CPD Duration 6 non-consecutive days Start Dates Availability Apply Now
Course Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare Qualification CPD Duration 6 non-consecutive days Start Dates Availability Apply Now
Course Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare Qualification CPD Duration 6 non-consecutive days Start Dates Availability Apply Now