This is an optional module which can be taken as part of any of the Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment pathways.
Quality improvement is central to care provision and delivery regardless of the environment in which this occurs. How improvement is achieved is driven by all the actions practitioners carry out during their daily work and should be supported by a whole systems approach. Quality is a complex, multifaceted, layered concept and quality improvement should be approached from a position of being well informed about structural processes and a varied perspective of outcome measurements. It also requires a modification of attitudes to truly internalise that quality is not simply an organisation’s focus but an individual’s duty and a service user’s right. Therefore it is necessary to review on a regular basis the way in which we do the everyday things such as communicating and engaging with actual and potential users of services as well as the extraordinary things that push the boundaries of professional practice.
Following the publication of ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’ (DH, 2010) the government set out its agenda for and an efficient National Health Service with quality at its core. Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) underpins the drive for improved patient outcomes that can only be achieved with the collaboration and inclusion of patients and service users.
Therefore this module will facilitate students to explore quality improvement through examining innovation, productivity and prevention in health and social care. Concepts pertaining to commissioning for improvement, the running and staffing of healthcare organisations, contracting and digital technology will all be considered.
Content and Modules
Level 5 or 6 (Undergraduate)
Critical evaluation of research, reflection and a holistic approach to care will be threaded throughout the module:
National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease
Pathophysiology and epidemiology of heart disease
Acute Coronary Syndromes
Preventing / Reducing coronary heart disease
Psychological care of cardiology patients
Assignment (100% weighting)
You will be assessed by a written assignment which utilises module content and which forms an analysis of a negotiated, contemporary aspect of patient care in relation to coronary care.