The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

CLAM6004

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

CLAM6004 Clinical Practice Audit, Safety and Quality Improvement introduces candidates to quality improvement tools and techniques that enhance safety and quality of health care services. It describes the historical development of quality improvement, the introduction of quality improvement programs as a multidisciplinary approach in the health field, introduces basic methods of data presentation, and presents various examples of quality improvement techniques.


Availability

Online


    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the historical development of quality improvement, the introduction of quality improvement as a multidisciplinary approach in the health field, and be familiar with current initiatives

    2. Understand the key principles of quality ( the importance of a customer focus, the perception of the work environment as a system, a scientific approach based on data, teamwork, leadership, and continuous improvement)

    3. Be familiar with a variety of quality improvement methods.

    4. Be familiar with clinical audit methodology and the clinical audit cycle

    5. Use quality improvement tools commonly used in the health care setting and determine their appropriate applications

    6. Gain practical experience in the application of the principles of quality improvement and the use of process and data analysis tools via the conduct of a small-scale quality improvement project in their workplace.


    Content

    The course comprises four modules:

    Module 1. Introducing quality improvement in health care

    Module 2. Assessing and measuring quality

    Module 3. Techniques and tools for measuring quality

    Module 4. Quality improvement project (candidates are required to undertake an audit/quality improvement project in their own employment setting)


    Assessment items

    Online Learning Activity: BLOG – Key Principles of quality improvement

    Written Assignment: Written Assignment/Field Study – Quality and safety within own organisation

    Essay: Written essay/field study and report – Use of quality improvement tools

    Written Assignment: Field Study/powerpoint – Work-based quality improvement project